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Veteran LSU Administrator Picked as LSUA Interim Chancellor

Released: 07/26/2007

BATON ROUGE---Dr. H. Rouse Caffey, Chancellor Emeritus of the Louisiana State University AgCenter, has been appointed interim chancellor of LSU at Alexandria.

“He is a capable and competent administrator with a wealth of experience who also knows Central Louisiana as well as LSUA’s current and future needs,” said LSU System President Dr. William L. Jenkins in announcing Dr. Caffey’s selection. Jenkins said Dr. Caffey would assume his duties on August 17th and serve until a new chancellor takes office.

Dr. Caffey, 78, received undergraduate and master''s degrees at Mississippi State in 1951 and 1955, in that order, and a Ph.D. in Agronomy at LSU in 1959. Prior to serving as chancellor of the LSU AgCenter for 13 years, he served as chancellor at LSUA from 1981 to 1984.

“It’s good to be back in the LSU System,” said Dr. Caffey, “to help provide quality education to our people in Central Louisiana who might otherwise not get the opportunity to get a college degree.”

“I am very pleased with President Jenkins’ choice for interim chancellor of LSUA,” said retiring LSUA Chancellor Dr. Robert Cavanaugh. “Dr. Caffey knows LSUA, the LSU System, and our community very well. His prior experience as a chancellor of LSUA and of the LSU Agriculture Center gives him a knowledge base that will be very helpful to the continued development of the university.”

A 21-member search committee of faculty, staff, and students in addition to community leaders is conducting a national search to recommend the next chancellor for the nearly 50-year-old school, which serves 2,700 students who live mostly in a 10-parish area around Alexandria. The LSU Board of Supervisors will make the final choice.

A Lambert, Mississippi native, Dr. Caffey joined LSU in 1957 as an associate with the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station. In 1970, he was named associate director of the Experiment Station system, and in 1979 was promoted to AgCenter vice chancellor for administration before being tapped to head LSUA. He retired as AgCenter chancellor in 1997. During the 2005 spring semester at Louisiana College in Pineville, Dr. Caffey served as Interim Vice President for Academic Programs.

“Dr. Caffey is a man of vision and integrity and is widely known and well respected by all. LSUA will be in good hands under his leadership,” said Cavanaugh, who is stepping down after 13 years leading Central Louisiana’s only baccalaureate degree-granting public institution.

In addition to his academic career, Dr. Caffey, who lives in Alexandria, has served as an international agricultural research consultant for the United States and governments in Europe, Africa, the Far East and South America.

Both as an AgCenter scientist and chancellor, Dr. Caffey encouraged AgCenter faculty to help Louisiana expand beyond its traditional agricultural crops. He also stressed the need for continued economic development and was a staunch proponent of increasing the impact of agriculture through value-added processing.

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