Leadership Search

LSU President Tate

  William F. Tate, IV
  LSU President

With great anticipation, I share the names of the search committee tasked with finding your next leader. We scheduled a kickoff meeting for Friday, April 5. This critically important process requires a compelling vision for the future of LSU Health Shreveport and the Shreveport-Bossier area, and while we are looking forward to securing a permanent leader, it is imperative that we take the time required to find the right individual to lead our campus and serve as a community pillar. I thank you all for the feedback and input shared during my visits and afterward. We stand on the precipice of new accomplishments and opportunities to leverage your expertise into tangible benefits for the people of North Louisiana.

LSUS Chancellor Larry Clark will chair the committee, and I thank him for his service and his leadership. Under his guidance the group will move expediently and with the utmost of purpose, ensuring that together, the committee identifies the best candidates from around the world to lead our campus, building upon your existing strengths while also making strides in bold new directions.

Full membership of the committee is as follows:

  • Larry Clark, LSUS Chancellor, Chair
  • Steven Alexander, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology 
  • Keena Arbuthnot, Special Advisor to the President 
  • Steven Bailey, Professor and Chairman of Internal Medicine 
  • Lauren Beal, Professor and Division Chief of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Gary Burton, Professor and Division Chief of Hematology and Oncology, FeistWeiller Cancer Center
  • Debbie Chandler, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology 
  • Lester W. Johnson, Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, LSU Health Monroe
  • Curtis R. Joseph Jr., Blanchard, Walker, O’Quin & Roberts
  • Stewart Lockett, Student, School of Medicine
  • Grace Ann McCurdy, President of Executive Council, School of Medicine
  • Desmond Prejean, Student Body Vice President, School of Allied Health
  • Bubba Rasberry, LSU Health Shreveport Foundation
  • Tyler Reekes, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Graduate Studies
  • Cindy Rives, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
  • Armand Roos, Chair, LSU HSCS Foundation 
  • Rona Scott, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Mingyu Ding Professor of Microbiology 
  • Leo Seoane, Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for Ochsner Health 
  • Giovanni Solitro, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Toni Thibeaux, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity Affairs
  • Diana Merendino, Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs for School of Allied Health Professions

  • Adil Khan, Resident in Pediatrics

We will keep you updated as the search picks up momentum, but for now, please join me in applauding these colleagues for their willingness to serve and allow me to thank you for your investment in healing and human health.


William F. Tate IV
LSU President