BATON ROUGE – LSU has named Richard Koubek, who currently serves as LSU interim executive vice president and provost, as the university’s next executive vice president and provost, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.
“We are pleased to name Rick Koubek as our executive vice president and provost,” LSU President F. King Alexander said. “Dr. Koubek knows the university well and has shown innovation and a passion for LSU as dean and as our interim provost. We look forward to his continued leadership over our academic programs. A special thanks goes to the search committee and all those who participated in the interview process by attending the on-campus forums and providing feedback on the candidates.”
LSU conducted a national search for executive vice president and provost and invited four candidates to campus for interviews and open forums with students, faculty and staff. Dan Layzell, vice president for finance and administration/CFO, chaired the search committee.
“I am both humbled and honored to work with President Alexander and LSU’s entire leadership team as LSU’s executive vice president and provost,” Koubek said. “The hard work of our faculty, staff and students define this great institution, and I look forward to working together to enhance our student success and scholarly endeavors.”
The executive vice president and provost serves as the chief academic affairs officer for the LSU Board of Supervisors and all of its campuses and institutions, and serves as the provost for the LSU campus. Responsibilities include the development, growth and quality of all academic programs and related support functions, including the articulation of an academic vision, leadership in academic strategic planning, the development and administration of academic budgets and the advancement of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service for the LSU flagship institution.
The executive vice president and provost, who reports directly to the LSU president, acts as the chief administrative officer in the absence of the president and represents the president in both internal and external affairs.
Koubek began his tenure at LSU as dean of the College of Engineering and the Bert S. Turner Chair in Engineering six years ago, after serving for 23 years in academia as a faculty member and administrator. As dean, Koubek oversaw the “Breaking New Ground” campaign for the $110 million expansion and renovation of Patrick F. Taylor Hall. In addition, he helped bring the LSU College of Engineering to a global level with the launch of the “LSU Engineering in Indonesia” partnership with LSU, Lonestar Community College and Sampoerna University in Indonesia.
Prior to coming to LSU, Koubek was professor and head for the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Koubek also held the Peter and Angel Dal Pezzo Department Head Chair at Penn State. Prior to his Penn State appointments, he held the posts of professor and chair for the Department of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering, and associate dean for research and graduate studies for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University. He served six years on the faculty in the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University and began his academic career as a faculty member in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University.
Koubek holds bachelor’s degrees from Oral Roberts University and Northeastern Illinois University, and received both his master’s degree and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Purdue University. He has served as LSU’s interim executive vice president and provost since July.
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