BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Several hundred attended a memorial service in honor of the trailblazing Dr. Dolores Spikes at the F.G. Clark Center Tuesday.
In 1988, the Southern alum and former professor on the Bluff became the first woman in the U.S. to head a university system as president of SU.
Spikes served as president of the university from the late 80s to the mid-90s.
Friends and colleagues say she served at a critical time for Southern.
Her funeral services are at 11:30 am Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Main Street.
Dr. Dolores Spikes was 78.