Incoming Tulane President Vows To Back Athletic Programs

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The incoming president of Tulane University is a big believer in the school’s athletic programs.

Tuesday afternoon, the school introduced Michael Fitts as its 15th president.

Fitts told the crowd at the Kendall Cram Lecture Hall that he looks forward to watching his first Tulane football game later this year in the school’s new stadium.

Fitts told WGNO News that he believes athletics are a part of the college experience and can be a source of teaching life lessons.

“There’s been a lot done recently in upgrading the sports facilities here.  And I think that’s wonderful, and I really look forward to enjoying sports here as president,” he said.

The future for Tulane’s athletics has rarely looked brighter.  A decade ago, the school considered killing its football program.  This year, the team played in a bowl game for the first time in years.

“Virtually every major sports venue we have is either brand new or renovated, and the last time that happened in Tulane’s history was never,” outgoing president Scott Cowen told WGNO News.

Fitts is currently the dean of the law school at the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League school.  He will take over for Cowen on July 1st.