LSU Names Vice President for Finance & Administration
BATON ROUGE – LSU has named Daniel T. Layzell as the university’s new Vice President for Finance & Administration, LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander announced today. Layzell’s appointment, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors, will be effective Feb. 25.
The new position of Vice President for Finance & Administration serves as the chief financial officer for the state’s flagship campus in Baton Rouge, as well as the chief financial officer for the state-wide operations of LSU and all its campuses. The role includes executive-level planning, implementation and assessment of financial and administrative strategies, policies and procedures, which not only protect but also enhance LSU’s core mission of discovery, learning, diversity and engagement.
In his new job, Layzell will report directly to LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander, serving as chief advisor to Alexander and the LSU Board of Supervisors on all fiscal and administrative matters.
Layzell comes to LSU from Illinois State University, where he has served as the Vice President for Finance and Planning since 2009.
“I’m excited for this opportunity and for all the challenges that come with it,” Layzell said. “I look forward to my arrival in Baton Rouge, and also to getting acquainted with all the campuses of LSU across the state of Louisiana. LSU reaches every part of Louisiana, and it’s very exciting to become involved in such a large-scale, worthwhile mission.”
Prior to his tenure at Illinois State, Layzell served as the Associate Vice President for Planning and Administration at the University of Illinois for two years, and prior to that as Assistant Vice President for Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis beginning in 2005. He also worked for the Illinois Board of Higher Education; MGT of America, a consulting company that works with educational as well as local, state and federal government entities; the University of Wisconsin System Administration; the Arizona Legislature; and has served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin, Florida State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Illinois College in 1985, along with a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois in 1986 and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Florida State in 1988.
During a visit to LSU on Dec. 5, 2013, Layzell spoke of having an “analytical” and consultative management style and encouraging entrepreneurship among university staff and colleagues.
“I want people to get outside the box and say ‘why are we doing this the way that we’ve always been doing it,’” he said. “Is there a different way we can approach a problem? Is there a different way that we can solve an issue for somebody? For me, that’s really the fun part of this job.”