Dr. William Jenkins, interim president of the LSU System, will deliver the commencement address at LSU Alexandria’s winter graduation ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 13. Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. in the Alexandria Riverfront Center.
Since 1988, Jenkins has served in numerous administrative roles at LSU, including dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, vice chancellor for academic affairs, chancellor and interim chancellor, system president, and now interim president.
He came to LSU from Texas A&M University where he had been a Professor in the College of Veterinarian Medicine since 1978.
He is South African born and of British and American parentage. He trained as a veterinarian at the University of Pretoria, graduating in 1958. Following several years in practice he returned to the university rising to the rank of professor and becoming the head of the Department of Veterinary Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology. He earned a doctorate in pharmacology at the University of Missouri Medical School in Columbia in 1970.