Dean William "Bill" Richardson
Dr. Bill Richardson has served as Dean of the LSU College of Agriculture since 2013,
which marks his second term as Dean. His previous term was from 1992 to 1997. Dr.
Richardson is also LSU’s Vice President for Agriculture and oversees the LSU AgCenter.
His vision for the college includes giving students a dynamic academic experience
in agricultural sciences through innovation and collaboration in a diverse and supportive
A native of Kennett, Missouri, Dr. Richardson received a bachelor’s degree in 1966
and a master’s degree in 1968 from Arkansas State University and a doctoral degree
in agricultural education from the University of Missouri in 1972.
Dr. Richardson actively pursued the modernization of the university curriculum and
has been instrumental in developing international student and faculty exchange agreements
for the university. He chaired the campus-wide international agreements committee
charged with approving and implementing such agreements.
Dr. Richardson led a committee of faculty in reviewing the LSU Honors program. This
committee developed the current model for the LSU Honors College, which has become
an attractive and competitive program for gifted students. Under this model, colleges
within LSU developed upper level honors programs focused on the quality academic preparation
of undergraduate students.
Dr. Richardson chaired the committee to select a director for the Academic Center
for Athletes. This center is a model for service to student athletes. Graduation rates
of student athletes have risen steadily.
Dr. Richardson has maintained an active role in college teaching. He taught the LSU
Graduate Course on Teaching in Higher Education. He was recognized for his classroom
instruction with the Kappa Delta Pi Outstanding Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate
Teaching, the Department of Education Award for Outstanding Teaching (twice), and
was twice a finalist for the Amoco Foundation Outstanding Teaching award while on
the teaching faculty at Purdue
Dr. Richardson’s Administrative Experiences:
Vice President for Agriculture, LSU AgCenter, October 2013 - Present
Chancellor, LSU AgCenter, January 1997 - October 2013 Duties and responsibilities: Appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for the LSU AgCenter. The AgCenter is an
autonomous campus within the LSU System. It is comprised of the Louisiana Cooperative
Extension Service (LCES), the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station (LAES), and
the Office of International Programs. Dr. Richardson is responsible for articulating
the mission of the Center to various constituencies throughout the state of Louisiana,
and communicating with legislators and agricultural agencies on the state and national
level. He oversees budgetary and financial matters, human resources management, facilities,
faculty matters, grants and contracts, intellectual property management and overall
development of the AgCenter.
Vice Chancellor for Public Service and Dean, College of Agriculture, July 1996 - January
1997 Duties and responsibilities: Served as the Chancellor’s liaison to the LSU Foundation, the LSU Alumni Association,
and the Tiger Athletic Foundation. Created a business and industry stimulus council
for the university, developed parish advocacy groups to assist in the recruitment
of students for LSU, and developed and disseminated the university public service
mission to the state while continuing to serve as Dean of the College of Agriculture.
Interim Chancellor, Louisiana State University at Eunice, July 1995 - February 1996
Duties and responsibilities: Served as the Chief Executive Officer for Louisiana State University at Eunice a
two-year degree granting campus within the LSU System, having a budget of $6.6 million
dollars, 150 faculty and staff, and an enrollment of 2,700 students. The chancellor
supervises three Vice Chancellors and oversees budget, personnel, and facilities for
the campus. The Chancellor has the responsibility for developing and articulating
the mission of the university to local and state political leaders, civic groups,
individuals within the university’s service area, local educational institutions,
and government agencies. The Chancellor also participates with the operation of the
Louisiana State University at Eunice Foundation.
Acting Vice Chancellor & Provost, Office of Academic Affairs, Louisiana State University
at Eunice, July 1995 - February 1996 Duties and responsibilities: Primarily responsible for managing faculty and curriculum issues at the university.
Developed action plans for and communicated with the Faculty Senate, various academic
and honors committees, and the course and curricula committee. He created and implemented
active strategy for improving academic standards in four major academic departments
including Business and Technology, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Allied Health, and Science
with additional oversight of Continuing Education, the campus Library, and off-campus
Dean, College of Agriculture, May 1992 - January 1997 Duties and responsibilities: Provided leadership in the development and implementation of goals and programs of
the college, coordinated educational programs in various disciplines of agricultural
economics and agribusiness, agricultural and biological engineering, agronomy, animal
science, dairy science, entomology, experimental statistics, food science, forestry,
wildlife and fisheries, human ecology, horticulture, plant pathology and crop physiology,
poultry science, and vocational education. Developed and coordinated graduate research
supported through the college. Governed employment, promotion, and tenure/retention
of college faculty and staff and those jointly employed in cooperation with the Louisiana
Agricultural Experiment Station, Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service and the LSU
School of Veterinary Medicine. He pioneered a successfully aggressive fund raising
campaign directed at student scholarship and faculty support. He also provided leadership
for emerging international activities through exchange agreements and program development.
Associate Dean, College of Agriculture, Louisiana State University, August 1986 -
May 1992 Duties and responsibilities: Developed and enhanced undergraduate academic programs by establishing academic standards
focusing on student performance, student recruitment and retention, and inclusion
of convocations and related student recognition functions. Developed and implemented
a public relations program to include various recruitment targeted presentations and
videos, and the organization of a student speaker’s bureau. Supervised academic counseling
staff responsible for managing records and registration, academic action, and admissions
to the college. Reviewed undergraduate curricula and assessed teaching effectiveness
for both undergraduate and graduate courses taught in agriculture. Coordinated the
development efforts of the College Courses and Curricula Committee and the Committee
on Academic Affairs. Provided assistance and advice to student professional and honorary
clubs and societies.
Director, School of Vocational Education and Technology, Louisiana State University,
June 1984 - August 1986 Duties and responsibilities: Served as Chief Administrative Officer of three departments, 21 FTE faculty, 4 undergraduate
majors, 3 master of science degree programs, and the Doctor of Philosophy program.
Responsible for the preparation of the school budget, coordination of federal training
grants and state funds ear-marked for vocational education, and coordinated undergraduate
and graduate curricula. Implemented faculty productivity reviews for improving faculty
performance in teaching, research and service.
Chairperson, Vocational Education Section, Purdue University, July 1974 - June 1984
Duties and responsibilities: Prepared and managed section budget, recommended improved measures for faculty development,
recruitment, and retention. Developed long range goals for vocational education programs.
Served as liaison for the Schools of Agriculture, Consumer and Family Sciences and
Technology, State Department of Public Instruction and other educational agencies.
Reviewed undergraduate and graduate curricula and implemented the development of new
courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Served as chair of the campus-wide
coordinating council for all vocational education programs from 1981-1983, including
representation of vocational education programs not administered through the Department