Laura Lindsay to Serve as Dean of Realigned Units at LSU
BATON ROUGE – LSU has announced that Laura Lindsay, currently serving as the interim dean of LSU’s College of Education, will be staying with the university as the founding dean of LSU’s re-organized College of Human Sciences and Education.
Lindsay was named to an interim appointment in July of 2010, and will help lead the transition of the six units that are realigning into the College of Human Sciences and Education, while a committee conducts a full search for a long-term successor.
“Laura’s leadership and the collaborative work among the departments involved in this reorganization, has moved the establishment of this college from an idea to a reality,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost John Maxwell Hamilton. “We feel that a year of stabilization as a college will be attractive to the top national candidates as we search for a dean.”
Lindsay is a professor emeritus in the Manship School of Mass Communication, and has worked in academia for 43 years, holding various faculty and administration positions. She is an LSU alumna with a bachelor’s, a master’s and a Ph.D., and has been with the university since 1979. She previously served as an interim provost at the university from 2002-2003, as well as both vice provost and associate vice chancellor in the Office of Academic Affairs from 1989-1999. From 2003-2007 she served as executive assistant to the chancellor and as interim executive director to the LSU Museum of Art. She also served as associate dean and dean of LSU’s Junior Division, now known as the University College, from 1982-1989. Additionally, she has co-authored a textbook and written articles on communication in organizational settings with emphasis on management, and most recently edited the book “Treasures of LSU,” which highlights 101 distinguished artworks, architectural gems, research collections and scientific and cultural artifacts in honor of the university’s sesquicentennial in 2010.
The College of Human Sciences and Education represents a realignment of six academic units at the university. To save money and increase efficiency, six separate academic units from the College of Education, College of Agriculture, School of Social Work, School of Library & Information Science, School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, School of Kinesiology, as well as the University Laboratory School were aligned to form the new college. The college will house approximately 117 faculty members, along with 17 undergraduate and 18 graduate programs.