02/05/2013 10:00 AM
ALEXANDRIA, La. – Paul Coreil, vice chancellor and director of the Louisiana Cooperative
Extension Service for the LSU AgCenter since 2001, has been named Interim Chancellor
at LSU Alexandria, it was announced Tuesday by LSU Interim President William Jenkins.
“Paul Coreil has served the LSU AgCenter and the LSU System admirably for many years
and he is the ideal individual to lead LSU Alexandria during a critical time,” said
Jenkins. “He is a proven leader who made the AgCenter’s extension and outreach effort
a great success, and it is that kind of leadership that is important for LSU Alexandria
in this transition period.”
Coreil has been in his current position for 12 years and with the AgCenter for more
than 34 years. Last month, Coreil announced his plans to retire in September of this
year. He will remain as Interim Chancellor at LSU Alexandria until a permanent replacement
“I look forward to working closely with President Jenkins, the LSU Board of Supervisors
and with LSUA faculty, staff and student body during these challenging times to take
positive steps that position LSUA as a critically important and valuable institution
within the LSU System,” said Coreil. “As a native of this great state, I am passionate
about higher education in Louisiana and very much appreciate the tremendous contributions
that have been made by LSUA in not only the Alexandria area but across the state and
nationally. As I assume this important interim leadership role, I pledge to support
and enhance a culture of excellence and community/business engagement that will prepare
LSUA and its students for long-term success and achievement.”
A native of Ville Platte, La., he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University
of Southwestern Louisiana in zoology in 1976. He earned a master’s degree in wildlife
management in 1984 and a Ph. D. in vocational education in 1995, both from LSU.
Except for a brief stint in 1998-1999 with private industry, he has been with the
AgCenter since 1978, serving as an extension agent, specialist, assistant director
and vice chancellor.
Coreil has been a national leader for the Cooperative Extension Service. He was chair
of the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors in 2006 and chair of a committee
that developed a national Web-based extension information system called eXtension.org.
He also served as the chair of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy,
or ECOP, in 2009.
He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Association of Southern Region
Extension Directors Excellence in Leadership Award in 2010.
LSU Alexandria is seeking to replace current Chancellor David Manuel who has been named president at Drury University. Manuel will serve in his current position at LSUA until May 1.
For more information about LSU Alexandria, visit http://www.lsua.edu/.
Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013