Laura F. Lindsay, Professor Emerita, Manship School of Mass Communication, retired from LSU in June, 2013 after 35 years of service. Working in academia for 43 years, holding various faculty positions including Interim Provost from 2002-2003, and Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor in the Office of Academic Affairs from 1989-1999, she has been a powerful advocate for women across Louisiana.
As a passionate innovator, Laura set into motion a strong diversity agenda to close the achievement and opportunity gap in the state of Louisiana. Significantly increasing access to higher education at LSU for students of color, first generation students, and under-resourced students, Laura spent her career in service of others. She has served as role model and mentor for others by demonstrating compassionate, servant-leadership in higher education.
Laura has taught courses in public relations, including public communication practices, media management, and a special topics course on the historical and cultural context of mass communication in the United Kingdom. She has been awarded almost $850,000 in federal grants and was the principal investigator for creating an interactive telecommunication link among five LSU System campuses for delivery of academic courses and degree programs. Laura has chaired and served on review panels for the National Science Foundation Model Projects for Women, Minorities and the Disabled, and was founding chair of the Louisiana Board of Regents Council of Chief Academic Officers Electronic Learning Committee. Working tirelessly for decades to ensure that women within the LSU system received support , guidance, and resources to realize their full potential, Laura has been an exemplary role model and mentor to countless women and men during her career.