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The University

organizational structure

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 work 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 Office of Communications and University Relations is a full-service communications and development organization that proactively fashions, manages, and delivers consistent messages promoting LSU's National Flagship Agenda; reaches key internal and external audiences; and helps LSU achieve international prominence. The office provides a full array of resources to all units of the University and helps focus LSU entities on a consistent course of action that promotes University goals among students, faculty, staff, parents, lawmakers, donors, the media, and business leaders across Louisiana and the nation.

The Office of Communications and University Relations is responsible for strategic goals 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.

Communications & University Relations supplies communications, design services, marketing, media relations, radio/television/photography services, and Web and new media services to LSU and its component colleges.

Office of External Affairs

Office of External Affairs oversees the unified voice of the University to all community 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, trademark licensing, LSU Student Union, and LSU Student Health Center

Office of Institutional Advancement

The Office of Institutional Advancement is responsible for building long-term relationships between LSU and its various constituencies in order to stimulate greater understanding and financial support.

The primary function of the office is to assist in the cultivation of major donors to the University as well as coordination of the fundraising efforts of the three foundations that serve LSU—the LSU Foundation, Tiger Athletic Foundation, and the LSU Alumni Association. The office also manages university policies in regard to fundraising and acts as the liaison to all fundraising entities for the Chancellor. The office of Corporate and The University 11 Foundation Relations reports to Institutional Advancement.

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. The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) focuses on maximizing the University’s impact on the intellectual, economic and social development of Louisiana, the nation, and the world.

ORED’s mission includes creating a rich environment that promotes advanced research, creative scholarship, and economic development. The Office coordinates the research efforts of more than 1,200 faculty involved in approximately 2,500 sponsored research projects. The faculty-driven Council on Research assists ORED with its mission.

The economic development focus of the Office includes developing corporate partnerships, encouraging entrepreneurial activities, and driving Louisiana’s economy spearheading intellectual property development and commercialization efforts; developing of corporate partnerships; and encouraging entrepreneurial activities.

ORED also coordinates the nonformula component of the budget and acts as liaison to the legislature in this area; in addition, it coordinates the LSU congressional/federal agenda, keeping our congressional delegation abreast of research issues at the University.

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:

  • systemic improvements in the mentoring of faculty, students, and staff, with an emphasis on achieving excellence at all levels;
  • coordinated efforts to enhance the receipt of external student awards (e.g., Rhodes, Marshall, and Goldwater Fellows);
  • coordinated efforts to enhance the receipt of external faculty awards (e.g., Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellows);
  • coordinated efforts to establish LSU as a leading provider of graduate degrees to underrepresented groups in a variety of disciplines;
  • coordinated efforts to enhance and improve the number of students from underrepresented groups who pursue and complete undergraduate degrees at LSU in the science, mathematics, engineering, and technology areas;
  • coordinated efforts with the Office of Academic Affairs to recruit outstanding faculty to the University, with special emphasis on faculty from underrepresented groups;
  • direct partnership initiatives (e.g., LAMP and joint faculty appointments) with other Louisiana institutions;
  • coordinated efforts to generate external awards, including funds and training grants, to support all of these efforts.

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 Honors College; the Graduate School; 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.

Division of Student Life

The vice chancellor for student life is concerned with the quality of the living and learning environment for students both in and outside the classroom and assists students in reaching the highest possible level of intellectual and personal development. The Division of Student Life serves as the main link between the University and students and provides innovative and results-oriented programs, services, developmental opportunities, and quality-of-life facilities to enrich and complement the classroom experience.

Office of the Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics

The vice chancellor and director of athletics 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 (Men’s &Women’s), baseball, indoor and outdoor track and field (M&W), cross country (M&W), golf (M&W), tennis (M&W), swim-ming (M&W), women's gymnastics, women's volleyball, women's soccer, and women's softball.

LSU athletic teams have won 46 national championships and 115 Southeastern Conference championships since the beginning of the intercollegiate athletics program in 1893.


The mission of Enrollment Management is to support and enhance the total educational experience of LSU students through a commitment to quality service that is responsive to student needs. Further, Enrollment Management seeks to attract and enroll a highly diverse class of first time and transfer students with outstanding ability and potential and subsequently to improve student retention and graduation commensurate with the goals of the University.


OFFICE • 1146 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-1175 or 225-578-3103
FAX • 225-578-4433

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid strives to provide excellent customer service in its efforts to actively recruit prospective students who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence from a wide range of geographic and demographic backgrounds.

This office is considered the "front door to LSU." The office staff welcomes students to the University through campus visits and tours, informative promotional mailings, various recruitment events, and counselor outreach programs. Campus tours are conducted every week day at 10:00 a.m., except University holidays. Office hours for undergraduate admissions & student aid are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Admissions is responsible for processing freshman, transfer, re-entry, international, early/concurrent, athletic, and visiting student applications. The office is committed to making fair and timely decisions by evaluating prospective student's likelihood of success at LSU based on established educational requirements and admission policies.

The Admissions Division uses the internet to provide the most up-to-date information regarding admission to LSU. Prospective students can apply online, pay online, check their application status, communicate through e-mail, and learn about requirements as well as important deadlines.

Student Aid administers federally funded financial aid programs and university, state, and privately funded scholarships to assist students in meeting their educational costs. The federal programs include Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grants (ACG), National SMART Grant, Work Study, Perkins Loans, Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, Parent Loan for Undergraduate Student (PLUS), Graduate PLUS Loan for graduate and professional students. All programs are subject to regulations authorized by the U. S. Department of Education, as well as University policies which are consistent with these federal regulations.

Scholarships are in the form of cash awards, full tuition and nonresident fee exemption, room and board scholarships, and employment opportunities to students who meet certain academic qualifications. Detailed information is available on the Web.


OFFICE • 112 Thomas Boyd Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-1686
FAX • 225-578-5991

The Office of the University Registrar is responsible for maintaining timely and accurate records of academic progress and accomplishments of LSU's students while ensuring the privacy, integrity, and security of those records.

The office strives to provide excellent customer service to students, faculty members, administrators, alumni, and the public in the areas of record keeping, course scheduling, course registration, information management and data analysis. The Office of the University Registrar uses its central university position to add value to the information that it manages by participating in activities to recruit, retain, and graduate the most academically talented and diverse students possible.


OFFICE • 2148 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3162
FAX • 225-578-4800

LSU Continuing Education serves close to 36,000 participants each year through credit and non-credit outreach programs that support, promote, and enhance LSU's Flagship Agenda. Founded in 1924 to serve nontraditional students, Continuing Education provides flexible programs, using face-to-face and distance delivery methods. To address the diverse needs of lifelong learners, four distinct types of programs are offered: College Credit, Professional Development, Pre-College, and Personal Enrichment. Last year, through Continuing Education programs, LSU reached students of all ages in every Louisiana parish, every state in the nation, and 28 countries.

For more information about LSU Continuing Education programs, please see the chapter in this catalog entitled "Continuing Education."


LSU assures equal opportunity for all qualified persons in admission to, participation in, or employment in the programs and activities which the University operates without regard to race, creed, color, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, or veteran’s status, as well as to implement a procedure to address complaints for those who believe they have been subjected to discrimination and/or harassment in violation of this policy.

Anyone having questions or complaints regarding equal opportunity at LSU should contact the Office of Human Resource Management, 304 Thomas Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803; telephone 225-578-8200.


LSU receives most of its funds from legislative appropriations. To view the current operating budget, please visit the Office of Budget & Planning Web site at


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