About the Vice President
Todd Manuel serves as the university’s inaugural Vice President of Inclusion, Civil Rights & Title IX. This position develops, delivers, and oversees LSU’s Title IX compliance programs and obligations. In addition, the vice president provides leadership in the prevention of and response to all matters of discrimination on LSU campuses and will oversee initiatives that ensure students from historically underrepresented populations matter and belong in the LSU community.
Manuel feels that the LSU Division of Inclusion, Civil Rights & Title IX has the opportunity to be a collaborative partner in four distinct ways with the rest of the university:
- Drive engagement throughout the entire LSU community;
- Increase operational effectiveness and innovation;
- Enhance LSU’s brand recognition and reputation;
- Sustain LSU’s values in the cultural DNA of the university.
Manuel sees the Division of Inclusion, Civil Rights & Title IX as an essential partner in driving LSU’s academic mission to help achieve goals such as advancing arts and culture; bridging the gap in energy, coast and the environment; fostering research and catalyzing economic development; improving health outcomes; transforming educational opportunities; and developing leaders.
Manuel is a seasoned executive and diversity thought leader with expertise in leveraging Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as business enabler at both an enterprise and industry-wide level. He received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from LSU in 1995, a Juris Doctor from the Southern University Law Center in 1998 and an Executive Certificate in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion from Georgetown University in 2020.
Prior to joining LSU, Manuel served as Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Transformation for the Edison Electric Institute, the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies and more than 65 international electric companies as members.
As director of Organizational Health & Diversity with Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations, Manuel had broad responsibility for developing and leading the company’s strategy for improving organizational health, diversity, and inclusion. His leadership efforts also included partnering with the workforce development team and the Southern University School of Engineering on delivery of a multi-year initiative designed to create a pathway for black engineers to enter Entergy’s workforce.
A leader who believes in the power of community engagement, Manuel currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and Helix Community Schools.