Elzer named executive associate dean

ElzerThe LSU College of Agriculture has named Phil Elzer executive associate dean. 

Elzer also serves as director of the college’s School of Animal Sciences and as LSU AgCenter associate vice president for animal programs and natural resources.

A professor of veterinary science and veterinary immunology, Elzer has conducted brucellosis research at the AgCenter for more than 22 years.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree and doctorate in veterinary immunology from Cornell University.

Elzer previously served as interim head of the Department of Veterinary Science and as assistant vice chancellor of the AgCenter and assistant director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station.

“It is an honor to be asked to serve as the executive associate dean by the faculty and administration of the College of Agriculture,” Elzer said. “The college has made a lot of progress in recent years, and I will work to continue moving it forward.”

Elzer plans to serve as a liaison between the dean and the department heads in the college, while developing strategic initiatives at the college and unit levels.

Elzer’s goals include developing a graduate programming committee and refining the college’s recruitment efforts.

“I really like to empower people to think outside of the box,” he said.

Elzer will continue in his role as director of the School of Animal Sciences and AgCenter associate vice president. The appointment to executive associate dean is effective immediately.