Dr. Leslie Blanchard, assistant dean for the LSU College of Agriculture, was born and raised on the bayous of south Louisiana in Lafourche Parish, and has been an LSU Tiger fan since childhood. She holds both bachelor's and master’s degrees in education, and her Ph.D. is in workforce development with a concentration in leadership. Prior to coming to LSU, Blanchard spent 13 years working as a teacher and administrator in the K-12 system, which gives her a unique advantage in understanding the freshman transition and helping our students navigate it. She is the mother of three daughters, Cassidy, Caroline and Abigail, as well as “Mama B” to the 1,300+ students in the College of Agriculture.
What drew you to LSU and the College of Agriculture?
As a thoroughbred Cajun girl, LSU has always been at the epicenter of my family’s affections. Saturday nights in the fall were always reserved for visits to Death Valley, and growing up we had a room in our house that was painted purple and gold and filled with LSU sports memorabilia. That spirit and passion for the Tiger Nation has never left me, and when the opportunity to work for this great university presented itself, I could not let it pass by me. The College of Agriculture felt like home right from the start, and so when I was honored to be chosen to serve in the role of assistant dean, I pounced…much like any Tiger would!
What advice do you have for future students?
LSU is an inspiring and stimulating place that is rich in opportunity, culture and tradition. We want you to take advantage of everything that makes this magical place so special, but never lose sight of your main reason for being here: to walk across that stage and get that diploma. To make that goal a reality, you will need to do your best EVERY DAY. Please take good care of yourself and your health, engage with our world-class faculty, network in student organizations, and participate in transformational experiences such as studies abroad, internships and undergraduate research. Never be afraid to seek help or ask questions because that’s why we all have jobs- to serve you. Keep your focus, and success will come your way!
What is your favorite part of your job?
That’s an easy one--- OUR STUDENTS! There are so many benefits to finding my mission here at LSU that they are impossible to count. I absolutely cherish being able to get up every morning, drive to this majestic campus, visit Mike (which I really do EVERY morning if I can), and work with the best, most dedicated, talented staff in the universe. But the chance to combine my love of teaching, my resolve to make the world a better place, and my dedication to challenging and guiding students to the attainment of their dreams tops the list. I’ve found my purpose here at the LSU College of Agriculture! C’est Bon!