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 environment.  

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 academic programs.


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 of Education.