News from LSU Health Shreveport

Lester W. Johnson, MD - LSU Health Shreveport

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Board of Supervisors today announced the creation of a search committee to select the university’s next president. “We are pleased to announce the appointment of a search committee made up of accomplished individuals whose singular goal is to help us identify the next leader of LSU,” said Robert Dampf, LSU board chair. “We are ready to move forward, and we fully intend to conduct a thorough, yet expeditious, search process.”

The Presidential Search Committee is reflective of LSU and of Louisiana. The 20 committee members are a diverse group representing the different ethnicities, genders, academic disciplines, occupations, geographical regions and constituencies whose input is vital to selecting the next leader of LSU.

The members of the search committee are:

Search Committee Chair

James Williams

Former chair, LSU Board of Supervisors from the Second Congressional District

New Orleans, La.

Search Committee Vice Chair

Gabriela Gonzalez

Boyd Professor, LSU Department of Physics and Astronomy

Baton Rouge, La.

Search Committee Members

Glenn Armentor

LSU Board of Supervisors from Third Congressional District

Lafayette, La.

Verge Ausberry

LSU Executive Deputy Director of Athletics and Executive Director External Relations

Baton Rouge, La.

Hannah Barrios

Vice President, LSU Student Government

Pollock, La.

Chip Campbell

Alumnus and President of Campbell Companies

Shreveport, La.

Clarence Cazalot

Alumnus and Chair of the LSU Foundation

Houston, Texas

Larry Clark

Chancellor, LSU Shreveport

Shreveport, La.

Lester W. Johnson

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, LSU Health Monroe

Monroe, La.

Jessica Jones

Director of Student Success, LSU Eunice

Eunice, La.

Valencia Jones

LSU Board of Supervisors from the Fourth Congressional District

Natchitoches, La.

Luke Laborde

Instructor, LSU School of Renewable Resources

Baton Rouge, La.

Lori Martin

Professor, LSU Department of Sociology

Baton Rouge, La.

Roland Mitchell

Dean, LSU College of Human Sciences and Education

Baton Rouge, La.

Steve Nelson

Dean, LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine

New Orleans, La.

Christel Slaughter

Alumna and co-owner of SSA Consultants

Baton Rouge, La.

Tara Smith

Professor and Regional Director, LSU AgCenter Central Region

Alexandria, La.

Rémy Starns

Chair-elect, LSU Board of Supervisors from the First Congressional District

Metairie, La.

Takeyra Wagner

Education Technology Specialist and Staff Senate President at LSU Alexandria

Alexandria, La.

Mary Leach Werner

Immediate Past Chair, LSU Board of Supervisors from the Third Congressional District

Lake Charles, La.

In the charge to the search committee, Dampf asked them to prepare a position description for the presidency position. The committee will also have the latitude to recommend any structural or organizational changes that might facilitate identifying the best leader for the future of LSU. The Board is anticipated to consider the description at its Oct. 23 meeting.

The search committee will determine the method of identifying interested parties and the means for reviewing their qualifications. Though there are no established time limitations, the committee is being asked to move deliberately in completing the search process.

“Our intention is that the search committee will identify individuals who have led or are capable of leading one of the nation’s premier academic, research and health care enterprises,” h Dampf added. “We aim to be a leader in educating future leaders, conducting research that brings understanding and solutions to our challenges, and extending the knowledge of the University well beyond the borders of our campuses.”

Thomas Galligan Jr., dean of LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, has served as interim president since Jan. 1, 2020.


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