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LaForge recovering after holiday scare

Delta State University’s President Bill LaForge experienced quite a scare over the holiday weekend while vacationing in South Carolina.

Amidst family fun on the beach and swimming in the ocean, LaForge sustained a head injury resulting in a subdural hematoma — a collection of blood on the surface of the brain.

“Spending a couple of days in the hospital was not how I planned to spend my vacation, but I was very pleased with the medical care I received while in South Carolina,” said LaForge.

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Update on President LaForge

Happy Friday!

I am pleased to report that President LaForge was discharged from the hospital late yesterday, and he sends his thanks to everyone for all of the well wishes and prayers.

The doctors did a full battery of tests to see if there were any cognitive and/or motor skill issues, and the President passed all of them with flying colors.  As a result, he and his family have returned to their vacation home and will stay there a couple of days before driving to their home in Virginia.  They made the decision to go to Virginia for his recovery period because of the shorter distance to travel as well as the fact that their adult children are based in Virginia.  The doctors have asked President LaForge to plan on a two-week recovery period, and his family is going to try and hold him to it.

To aid in a speedy recovery, the family is asking for everyone’s assistance in helping the President get the rest he needs.  If you would like to send a “get well” note or message to President LaForge, please e-mail it to or mail it to Box A-1, Campus.  Any business related items should be directed to the appropriate Vice President.  If you are unsure of where to direct your question or issue, please contact me, and I will gladly assist.  The other Vice Presidents and I will be in regular contact with President LaForge during his time away from the office, and we will make sure the operations of the university continue to run smoothly.

Thank you for your continued support, patience, and prayers as President LaForge completes the recovery process and makes his way back to Delta State.


Michelle Roberts
Vice President, University Relations

Campus Update-Message From the President

Dear Colleagues:

This week, my family and I have been spending time together in South Carolina.  Amidst fun on the beach and swimming in the ocean, I sustained a head injury which resulted in a subdural hematoma.  The wonderful doctors at the area hospital were able to go in right away and relieve the pressure.  As a result, I should be out of the hospital in a few days and back to a normal routine shortly thereafter.  We are still working out my recovery plan, but I’m hoping to be back on campus within a few weeks.  I will be in regular communication with my Vice Presidents during the recovery period, and they have assured me that they will continue moving our initiatives forward during my extended vacation.  Thank you for your patience and prayers as I work toward a full and speedy recovery.

Very best regards,

Bill LaForge