Daniel Howard Named LSU Alexandria Chancellor
BATON ROUGE – Daniel Howard has been selected as the next chancellor of LSU Alexandria, LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander announced. Howard is a tenured full professor at Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Ark., and has served as its vice-chancellor for academic affairs and provost and as interim chancellor. Howard will begin as LSUA chancellor on March 1, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.
“We are pleased to welcome Daniel Howard to LSU Alexandria. He brings with him a wealth of experience in higher education, and he has a great reputation among his peers,” Alexander said. “There is great potential at LSUA for growth and to serve the entire region, and Howard is ready to lead those efforts.”
LSUA is a publicly supported university offering associate and baccalaureate degrees. The university is one of the institutions within the LSU System and operates under the auspices of the LSU Board of Supervisors.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to be selected to serve as the next chancellor of Louisiana State University Alexandria following a rigorous national search mediated by AGB Search, a highly reputed professional search firm in the area of higher education,” Howard said. “Clearly, I will endeavor to invest myself thoroughly in trying to live up to the faith and confidence that President King Alexander and the search and screening committee placed in me. Unquestionably, I can think of no one that I would rather report to than Dr. Alexander, any institution that I would prefer to serve than LSUA, or any other community in which to become an active member and positive contributor.”
The chancellor is the chief executive officer of the LSUA campus and reports to the president of the LSU System. The chancellor provides vision and leadership; supports excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service; and promotes the recruitment and retention of talented students, faculty and staff. The chancellor has the responsibility to represent LSUA within the LSU System, to develop sources of outside funding, and to facilitate interactions with the local community and other constituencies.
“Developing strong relationships between the Alexandria community and the campus community is an exceedingly important function of the new chancellor as is building upon the strong foundation and positive reputation that is associated with LSUA,” Howard said. “My intention is to keep students (i.e., past, present and future) in the forefront and center of my decision making and will endeavor to adhere to the principles of shared governance and transparency.”
The search for a new chancellor was led by a committee comprised of LSUA faculty, staff and students, along with leaders of the central Louisiana community. The committee was co-chaired by Dr. Haywood Joiner, chair of LSU Alexandria’s Department of Allied Health and interim chair for the Department of Business Administration, and LSUA Foundation Board Chairman Charles Weems III.
Alexander expressed his thanks to Paul Coreil for serving as interim chancellor since March 1, 2013, and to the search committee for their hard work and effort in helping to select the best candidate to lead LSUA.
“LSUA is very fortunate to get a new chancellor with Dan Howard’s experience and proven higher education leadership success,” Coreil said. “He brings a record of dedicated service, commitment to excellence, community engagement and career focus on student success that will serve central Louisiana extremely well in the years ahead.”
Howard earned a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College, and two master’s degrees – Master of Science in health and safety and Master of Public Health – and two doctoral degrees – health and safety and higher education – from Indiana University.
“We, the search committee worked very hard to select the best of the 46 initial applicants for the position of chancellor or LSUA,” said Joiner, committee co-chair. “The field was narrowed to eight and then to three finalists. Dr. Howard is well qualified to lead LSUA into its desired future. His background and experience in higher education will be assets to LSUA and to central Louisiana. We look forward to working with Dr. Howard.”
“We had three great candidates,” said Weems, committee co-chair. “President Alexander has chosen Dr. Dan Howard, who clearly had the deepest and broadest experience as a campus administrator. We are excited to have him lead our university and look forward to his arrival.”
Howard served two years in the military and his career spans more than 30 years. Prior to Arkansas State, he held positions at the University of North Alabama, Indiana University, Indiana State University, and two institutions in the State University of New York system.
In addition to his current position, he has experience as a lecturer, assistant professor of health, director of a hazard control program, director of grants and development, assistant to the vice president for graduate studies and research, vice president for academic affairs, provost, vice president for advancement and administration, vice president for administration and international relations, and dean of enrollment management.
“As a servant leader, I believe deeply in serving others and look forward to doing so at LSUA,” Howard said. “I will be spending a great deal of time listening to all campus stakeholders and will welcome any and all suggestions to improve LSUA and my performance as its new chancellor. Interim Chancellor Dr. Paul Coreil has done a wonderful job and I look forward to his sage advice in the future.”
Howard has authored more than 80 scholarly publications and has been recognized with a number of honors and awards in his career, including the Willard W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University, President’s Award of Excellence from the University of North Alabama, the Alumni Friend of the Year from the University of North Alabama National Alumni Association, Outstanding Administrator of the Year from the Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers and Outstanding Citizen and Key to the City of Florence.
Established in 1960, LSUA is located in Central Louisiana, seven miles south of Alexandria. LSUA has a current budget of approximately $18.8 million, 210 full time faculty and staff and 2,100 students. Currently LSUA offers 13 baccalaureate degrees and six associate degrees. Several additional degree programs are in the final stages of approval with additional program development on the horizon.