The Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce will host three of the state’s top higher education leaders as luncheon panelists on Thursday, April 30, during a meeting at the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center on the campus of North Oaks Medical Center.

F. King Alexander, president of the LSU System; Monty Sullivan, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System; and Sandra Woodley, president of the University of Louisiana System, will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing higher education with regard to the state’s budget deficit, a news release said.

“They will provide our members with ‘the big picture,’ in terms of the future of higher education across the state,” said Chris Brannon, Greater Hammond Chamber CEO. “Those who attended North Shore Focus in Baton Rouge were able to hear their frank and honest remarks. We wanted to bring them to Hammond so they could share their message with all our members.”

The Greater Hammond Chamber Board of Directors adopted a resolution that calls for the Legislature and governor to make no additional cuts to higher education for the next fiscal year, the release said. The full resolution can be found at

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the program will be from noon to 1 p.m.

Cost for the general meeting is $20 through Friday and $25 after.