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Barbara Hatfield Named Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Released: 05/11/2010

Dr. Barbara (Bobbie) S. Hatfield has been appointed provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at LSU Alexandria, announced Dr. David Manuel, chancellor. The appointment is pending approval by Dr. John Lombardi, LSU system president, and the LSU Board of Supervisors.

Hatfield would join the LSUA administration at the start of the next fiscal year on July 1, replacing Dr. Carol Corbat, who has been serving as acting vice chancellor for a year. Corbat will return to her position as professor of biology and chairwoman of the Department of Biological Sciences.

“I am particularly impressed with Dr. Hatfield’s commitment to many of the same academic values, outcomes and initiatives that we are articulating at LSUA as singular to our current and future success,” said Manuel. “These include improving retention and graduation rates, assessment of learning outcomes, continuous improvement in our organization, collaborative relationships with schools and community colleges, and integration of professional studies and the liberal arts.

”Her well-documented accomplishments in these and other areas of innovative academic leadership will serve our mission well.”

Hatfield comes to LSUA from the University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande, Ohio, where she is associate provost and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and professor of mathematics. She began her career there in 1990 as a member of the mathematics faculty. She has held several administrative positions, including provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Hatfield earned a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Kentucky after completing master’s and specialist degrees in secondary education from the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University respectively. She holds an undergraduate degree from Mississippi State, and she graduated from the management development program at Harvard University.

“I was first attracted to LSUA by its vision statement calling for it to become ‘a university of choice recognized for academic excellence and a commitment to fostering students and community growth through teaching, research and service.’ Upon visiting the campus I found a faculty and staff committed to excellence.

“My emphases will be on student success and academic quality in LSUA’s unique role as the only state-supported institution in Louisiana devoted solely to undergraduate education.”

Hatfield, a native of Bay Springs, Miss., was among 55 candidates from throughout the country for the LSUA position. A 17-member search committee consisting of LSUA faculty, staff and students, and members of the community, was chaired by Drs. Richard Collins, chairman of the Department of Arts, English and Humanities, and Dee Slavant, director of student services.