The University


The chief administrative officer of LSU is the Chancellor; directly responsible to the Chancellor are the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, the Athletic Director, and the Vice Chancellor for Communications and University Relations. Reporting to the Chancellor through the Provost are the Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administrative Services, the Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development, the Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, and the Vice Chancellor for Student Life & Academic Services. (Refer to the Organizational Chart.)

Office of the Chancellor

The Chancellor is the chief administrative officer of the University and reports to the President of the LSU System.

Office of Academic Affairs

The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost serves as both the chief academic officer and as the chief operating officer of the University. The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost acts as chief administrative officer in the absence of the Chancellor and represents the Chancellor in both internal and external matters.

As chief academic officer, the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost is responsible for the academic programs of the University. The administrative center for exercise of this responsibility is the Office of Academic Affairs.

The Council of Academic Deans and Directors, which serves in an advisory capacity to the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, meets monthly to review, deliberate, and make recommendations concerning academic matters.

The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost chairs the University Budget Committee, prepares its recommendations for submission to the Chancellor, and works in tandem with the Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administrative Services to prepare and monitor the operating budget for the University. The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost also chairs the University Planning Council; leads, with and for the Chancellor, programmatic, budgetary, and facility planning for the University; exercises responsibility for space allocation; and superintends the University's efforts in assessment, with responsibility for developing policies and programs to ensure that the University is fully accountable in all aspects of its operations.

Office of Communications and University Relations

The newly created Office of Communications and University Relations was created to provide a full service communications organization that pro-actively fashions, manages and delivers consistent messages promoting LSU’s National Flagship Agenda; that reaches key internal and external audiences; and that helps LSU achieve international prominence. The office will provide a full array of resources to all units of the university, and will help focus LSU entities on a consistent course of action that promotes university goals among parents, students, faculty, lawmakers, donors, the media, and business leaders across Louisiana and the nation.

The Office of Communications and University Relations is responsible for developing and administering a robust strategy that encompasses a detailed liaison of public affairs activities, government relation tasks, and institutional advancement. These overarching strategic goals are designed to energize and support the fund-raising drives that will dramatically increase LSU’s endowment by 2010, while carrying on LSU’s long-standing educational objectives and promoting LSU’s climb to international academic prominence. Three units administer separate services within this structure.

Public Affairs supplies marketing, communications, creative services, media relations, and radio/television services to LSU and its component colleges. Institutional Advancement is responsible for coordinating the efforts of several foundations essential to LSU’s future, primarily in fund raising duties among alumni, major donors, and corporate sponsors. Legislative and External Affairs oversees the unified voice of the University to all community, political, and government leaders at the local, state, and national levels.

Office of Finance & Administrative Services

The Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administrative Services and Comptroller is responsible for a variety of business functions and institutional support services, including accounting, purchasing, cash management and disbursement, budgeting, plant and facilities, risk management, personnel, police, safety, parking, traffic, transportation, central stores, printing, campus mail, the golf course, vending, contracted ancillary services (dining and bookstore), Tiger Card operation, and trademark licensing.

Office of Research & Economic Development

The Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development is responsible for the overall research and economic development efforts of the University, coordinates the work of more than 1,300 faculty involved in approximately 2,500 sponsored research projects.

In addition, the office coordinates the nonformula component of the budget and acts as liaison to the legislature in this area. The office also coordinates the LSU congressional/federal agenda, keeping our congressional delegation abreast of research issues at the University. All activities of the LSU Council on Research are also handled in this office.

Developing corporate partnerships, encouraging entrepreneurial activities, and driving Louisiana’s economy are areas of concern.

By spearheading intellectual property development and commercialization efforts, developing corporate partnerships, and encouraging entrepreneurial activities, the office is charged with ensuring the University’s role as an economic driver of Louisiana.

Office of Strategic Initiatives

The Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) focuses on particular components of the University’s overall strategic plan with an intense effort to pursue strategic initiatives that will produce:

Achievement of the goals of this unit requires a close alliance with other units throughout the University. Such units include, but are not limited to, the Office of Academic Affairs; the Graduate School; the Honors College; the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Basic Sciences, Education, and Engineering; and the Center for Scientific, Technological, Engineering, & Mathematical Literacy. Collaborating units are represented on OSI’s Advisory Board, which provides advice to the Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives on both policy and programmatic issues.

Office of Student Life & Academic Services

The Vice Chancellor for Student Life & Academic Services is concerned with the quality of student life on campus, provides a learning environment conducive to student success both in and outside the classroom, and assists students in reaching their highest level of intellectual and personal development. The Division of Student Life & Academic Services serves as the main link between the University and its students, and continuously strives to enhance the quality of co-curricular life, to promote cultural diversity, and to foster a student-centered learning environment in which change can and is expected to occur. The division works in collaboration with students, faculty, and staff to create conditions that support and enhance students’ intellectual and personal development. The division provides academic support, cultural awareness, recreational activities, career services, psychological counseling, housing, leadership development programs, and health services, as well as peer and professional advice, and adjustment to life at the University.

Office of the Athletic Director

The Athletic Director manages a broad spectrum of intercollegiate sports programs for men and women. LSU is a charter member (1932) of the Southeastern Conference. LSU meets teams from other major universities in NCAA Division 1A competition in football, basketball (Mens &Womens), baseball, indoor and outdoor track and field (M&W), cross country (M&W), golf (M&W), tennis (M&W), swimming (M&W), women's gymnastics, women's volleyball, women's soccer, and women's softball.

LSU athletic teams have won 43 national championships and 108 Southeastern Conference championships since the beginning of the intercollegiate athletics program in 1893.

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