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Carol Corbat Named 'LSUA Woman of the Year'

Released: 03/29/2010

Dr. Carol Corbat, professor of biology and administrator at LSU Alexandria for 19 years, has been chosen LSUA Woman of the Year.

Other nominees, which come from the campus at large, were Dr. Mary Treuting, professor of psychology and Title 3 coordinator; Dr. Brenda Ellington, assistant professor or reading; and Renee West, procurement specialist in the Office of Finance and Administrative Services.

Corbat is the third recipient of the award. Laurie Tanner, executive assistant to the chancellor was the inaugural winner, and Dr. Judy Rundell, chairwoman of the Department of Education, was honored last year.

Corbat twice has served as interim vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, the first time at the request of former chancellor Dr. Robert Cavanaugh and currently under chancellor Dr. David Manuel. She also was director of institutional research and effectiveness for many years, a position from which she spearheaded LSUA’s academic transition to a four-year university and SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accreditation.

One comment from a nomination form praised Corbat’s “unwavering passion and commitment to LSU Alexandria and to the local community without any expectation of personal gain or public acclaim. She is an outstanding woman, administrator, teacher and person.” Another said she “is a Renaissance woman with a commitment to professionalism.”

Corbat, who was appointed chairwoman of the Department of Biological Sciences in 2006, frequently involves LSUA students in research projects. She has taken students to the Amazon River watershed for on-site study, and she demonstrates scientific method with students in local field research.

Corbat graduated from Purdue University with an undergraduate degree in wildlife science. She earned a master’s from Penn State in wildlife research with an emphasis on ornithology, and she holds a doctorate in wildlife biology from the University of Georgia.

Prior to her appointment at LSUA, Corbat was a biologist and data manager for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and she has worked with rare and endangered species through the Freshwater Wetlands and Heritage Inventory.

Corbat was presented LSUA Woman of the Year award at a luncheon commemorating Women’s History Month. Entertainment was provided by the award-winning orchestra from Natchitoches-Central High School in a “Musical Tribute to the Women of LSUA.”