Eugene Kennedy, PhD, Named Interim Director of the LSU Lutrill & Pearl Payne School of Education

April 01, 2024

BATON ROUGE - LSU College of Human Sciences & Education announced Eugene Kennedy, PhD, has been named Interim Director of the Lutrill & Pearl Payne School of Education, effective April 1, 2024.

“I’m very excited about this tremendous opportunity and look forward to working with my colleagues in the school to address key education challenges facing Louisiana and the nation,” said Eugene Kennedy, interim director.

Kennedy currently serves as the college’s Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Institutional Effectiveness, where he is responsible for the development, collection, and evaluation of data, information, and reports useful for effective assessment of student learning outcomes and policy. Through this role, Kennedy also facilitates and documents assessment and reporting processes in support of a culture of assessment at the department and college levels, working in the development of student learning outcomes and in evaluating curriculum effectiveness.

“I am beyond excited to have someone of Dr. Eugene Kennedy’s stature, talent, and experience step into the position of interim director of the Lutrill & Pearl Payne School of Education,” said LSU College of Human Sciences & Education Dean Roland Mitchell. “His decades of experience and collaboration with our education partners across centers, institutes, colleges and governmental sectors will provide seamless leadership in this time of great transition and great need for teachers and educational leaders in our state.”

Kennedy has more than 30 years of combined experience as a faculty member and administrator in the School of Education. Kennedy will serve in a dual capacity as both Interim Director and Associate Dean, providing high-level administrative support while propelling the school forward.

Kennedy holds a PhD in Educational Research Methodology from the University of South Carolina.  He has worked as a researcher for a testing company, a state department of education, and has served as a technical consultant and evaluator on numerous district, state, and national projects.

About the LSU Lutrill & Pearl Payne School of Education (SOE)

A school of the College of Human Sciences & Education, the SOE offers undergraduate programs for students who want to pursue a career as a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teacher or acquire dual certification in both traditional elementary and special education classrooms. In addition, SOE offers 3 graduate certificates, 17 master’s degree program areas, 9 EdS certificate programs, and 2 PhD degrees in 11 areas of focus. SOE’s focus is not only on preparing highly qualified teachers but also in preparing educational leaders, curriculum studies scholars, educational technology experts, applied researchers, higher education professionals, school counselors, and clinical mental health counselors. SOE specializes scholarly expertise regarding pressing educational and wellness issues across the entire lifespan.

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About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Information Studies, the School of Kinesiology the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, and the School of Social Work. CHSE has two model demonstration schools, the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool, enrolling birth to age four and the University Laboratory School enrolling Kindergarten through grade 12. The college also has four centers and institutes: the Early Childhood Education Institute, the Healthy Aging Research Center, the Leadership Development Institute, and Social Research & Evaluation Center. The college is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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