LaForge recovering after holiday scare
by Rory Doyle
Jul 09, 2013 | 5529 views | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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.

"They have a wonderful team of doctors and nurses who are skilled, attentive and made sure I received the care needed."

Michelle Roberts, vice president for university relations, reported that LaForge did not experience any major injury that triggered the incident, but he knew something was abnormal when the headaches and pain refused to subside.

"There really wasn't a significant blow or defining incident that caused it," said Roberts. "It was a fluke thing, but thankfully his family was there with him and the recovery couldn't have gone better at this point.

"He sends his thanks to everyone for all of the well wishes and prayers."

The doctors performed a full battery of tests to see if there were any cognitive and motor skill issues, all of which LaForge passed with flying colors.

LaForge's family drove him to his home in Virginia on Saturday to be closer with his adult children while he begins his two-week recovery process.

"My family is working hard to make sure I follow my recovery plan, and I look forward to being back on campus in a couple of weeks," said LaForge.

"I refer to the President’s Cabinet at Delta State as my 'A Team' and they are living up to that name," he added. "They are filling in for me in various roles for the next few weeks, as well as making sure that all aspects of the campus continue to run smoothly."

Roberts said faculty, staff and family are working hard to support the energetic president and making sure he truly gets his rest.

"We're very optimistic he'll be released from his recovery program after the two weeks," she said. "Next Thursday he meets with doctors who'll decide whether he needs more time or be cleared for release."

LaForge, happy to be progressing, said he's already thinking about his return.

"I've never been a very good bench player — so, I need to be in the game, and I will be returning to the lineup soon," he said. "I am grateful for everyone’s willingness to assist during this time, and my family and I appreciate all of the well wishes and prayers."

Those who wish to send a "get well” note or message are asked to e-mail or mail it to Box A-1, Campus.

Any business related items should be directed to the appropriate vice president.