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Dr. Caffey to Receive Distinguished Service Award

Released: 11/25/2008

Former LSU at Alexandria chancellor H. Rouse Caffey will receive the university’s Distinguished Service Award at fall commencement Dec. 18 in the Alexandria Riverfront Center, announced Dr. David Manuel, LSUA chancellor. Caffey will be the 11th recipient and the first since 2003.

“Dr. Caffey’s lifetime contribution to higher education locally, nationally and globally is remarkable for its breadth and effectiveness,” said Manuel. “He has excelled as an agricultural researcher and administrator at many levels, and he is exceptionally qualified to receive this award.”

Caffey was LSUA’s fifth chancellor from 1981-84. While chancellor of the LSU AgCenter for 13 years after that Caffey promoted non-traditional crops in Louisiana to expand economic development, and he was a staunch proponent of increasing the impact of agriculture through value-added processing. Caffey is known internationally as an expert on rice production, and he has been a research consultant in several dozen countries in Europe, Africa, South America and the Far East.

Most recently Caffey served as interim LSUA chancellor following the retirement of Dr. Robert Cavanaugh in the summer of 2007.

Caffey earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from Mississippi State University and a doctorate in agronomy from LSU. The Lambert, Miss., native joined LSU in 1957 with the Agricultural Experiment Station system.

Other LSUA Distinguished Service Award winners are Roy O. Martin Jr., Virginia Howard Martin, Vinita Johnson Martin, Frances Bolton Davis, Scott Brame, Howard and Eloise Mulder, John W. (Jock) Scott, Charlie DeWitt and Joe McPherson.

Nearly 150 LSUA students will receive diplomas at the fall commencement.