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Chancellor Search Committee Named at LSU Alexandria

Released: 06/15/2007

Louisiana State University System President Dr. William L. Jenkins has named a multifaceted, 19-member search committee of faculty, staff and students as well as community leaders to select the next chancellor at LSU at Alexandria.

LSUA Psychology Professor Dr. Mary Treuting was named chair of the panel that will recommend finalists for the post to the LSU Board of Supervisors, which will make the ultimate choice of a new chancellor to succeed Dr. Robert Cavanaugh, who is retiring in August after a 38-year career at LSUA, 13 as chancellor.

“I would like to thank the LSUA Community for its interest and willingness to participate in this very important process,” said Dr. Jenkins. “I wish the chair, Dr. Mary Treuting, great success as she and her fellow committee members begin their search for a new leader for Louisiana State University at Alexandria.”

No timeline was established for selecting a chancellor. Jenkins, however, said he is certain the committee will come up with an exceptional candidate.

“I am confident that with the support of the entire LSUA family and the LSU System, we will be able to recruit an outstanding individual to succeed Dr. Robert Cavanaugh, who has done a remarkable job as Chancellor,” Dr. Jenkins said.

“It’s clear that President Jenkins has selected a strong search committee that accurately reflects the make up of our faculty, staff, students, and community,” Chancellor Robert Cavanaugh said reacting to the naming of the committee. “I’m certain that they will do a good job in selecting the future leadership for LSUA.”

Search committee members include:

Dr. Mary Treuting, LSU A Professor of Psychology {Chair}

Mr. A. C. Buchanan, President, Rapides Regional Medical Center; President, LSUA Foundation

Dr. Robert Bush, LSUA Professor of Business, Alumni and Friends Endowed Chair in Business

Dr. Curman L. Gaines, Executive Director, Central Louisiana Business Incubator

Dr. Jim Firnberg, LSUA Chancellor Emeritus

Ms. Patricia Franks, LSUA Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Clarence Golemon, LSUA Professor of Education and Director of Student Teaching

Dr. David Huey, LSUA Professor of Biology

Dr. Callum Johnston, LSUA Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and President, Faculty Senate

Mr. Haywood Joiner, Jr., LSUA Associate Professor of Allied Health and Chair, Department of Allied Health

Ms. Regina Renee Jones, LSUA Nursing Student

Mr. James Klock, LSUA SGA President, Student Member of the Board of Regents

Ms. Kathleen Nolen, Vice President, CLECO; LSUA Foundation

Dr. Judith Rundell, LSUA Professor of Education and Chair, Department of Education

Ms. Teresa Seymour, LSUA Director of Educational Technology

Dr. Stephen Vanderslice, LSUA Professor of English and Philosophy

Mr. David Wesse, LSUA Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Services

Ms. Dessie Williams, LSUA Assistant Professor of Study Skills and Coordinator of Multi-Cultural Affairs

Mr. Charles S. Weems, III, LSU Board of Supervisors {ex officio}

Nearing its 50th Anniversary, LSU Alexandria is Central Louisiana’s only baccalaureate degree-granting public institution. With more than 2,700 students and 106 faculty members, LSUA serves primarily the 10 parishes surrounding Alexandria. Currently, LSUA offers six baccalaureate degrees including B.S. in Biology, B.S. in Elementary Education, Bachelor of General Studies, Bachelor of Liberal Studies (business, communication studies, English, history, mathematics, psychology and theatre majors), B.S. in Mathematics and B.S. in Psychology with several degree programs in the final stages of the approval process.

For further information, contact Dr. Charles Zewe, LSU System Vice President for Communication and External Affairs, 225-578-3941 (, or Nancy Borden, Director of Media Relations, LSU Alexandria, 318-427-4407 (