Dr. Carolyn Hargrave


Carolyn Hargrave recently retired as Vice President for Academic Affairs of the LSU System. Her 45-year career at LSU began in 1968 as Assistant Professor in the College of Business, and her administrative assignments commenced in 1974 as Associate Dean of the Graduate School, followed in 1981 as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.   During her ten years in this position, the longest tenure in LSU’s recent history, Carolyn helped LSU implement its first admission requirements and launch major initiatives strengthening both promotion and tenure and research. 

In 1997, after serving again almost a year as LSU’s Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Carolyn was appointed by the Louisiana Board of Regents as Deputy Commissioner for Academic Affairs.   During her three years there, she helped initiate a major effort to strengthen teacher education programs at Louisiana colleges and universities.  In 2003, Carolyn came out of retirement to accept an appointment as Vice President for Academic Affairs for the LSU System.  In addition to having oversight of all academic, research, and tech transfer matters, she worked closely with LSU medical campuses to develop and implement a statewide electronic health records system; in 2011, LSU became the first statewide, public health care network in the US to deploy electronic health records at all its hospitals.

Professional activities include serving on LSU’s first Commission on the Status of Women and the LSU Graduate Council; Chair of the GRE Board; Vice-Chair of the Executive Council of SACSCOC; and Chair of the Louisiana Library Network Commission, which initiated, implemented, and operated LOUIS, the statewide Louisiana Online University Information System.

Carolyn has received distinguished service awards from a number of organizations, including LSU Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa Chapters, Louisiana Academic Librarians, and the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Carolyn has a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Texas, an M.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in Economics and Statistics from the University of Texas.  She participated in over $10 million in grants awarded by state and federal agencies for the Louisiana Library Network, the LSU Digital Library, and Louisiana teacher education redesign. 

Carolyn was married for thirty years to the late Lee Hargrave, Wex S. Malone Professor of Law at LSU.   They have two children, Aleah and Michel; Aleah and her husband Kyle Guilbeau have three children, Carrie, Jacob, and Lindley.