LSU Dean of College of Science Accepts Provost Position at University of Nevada, Reno

10/23/2012 03:05 PM

BATON ROUGE – Dean of LSU’s College of Science Kevin Carman has accepted the position of provost and executive vice president at the University of Nevada, Reno. Carman, who has led the college since 2004, will begin at Nevada on Feb. 1.


“I am excited by the leadership opportunity that has been afforded me at the University of Nevada, and my family is looking forward to this new adventure,” said Carman. “During my tenure at LSU, I have had the privilege and pleasure of working with so many talented, dedicated and wonderful faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni. I will cherish those memories and relationships, and I will be forever indebted to LSU.”  


Carman holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from McPherson College, and a master’s and Ph.D. in biological oceanography from Florida State University. As dean, he played an instrumental role in establishing the Science Residential College, a living-learning environment for entering freshmen that plan to pursue a degree in one of the college’s academic majors, and procured funding for the recently-completed Chemistry and Materials Building, a 75,000 sq. ft. research facility dedicated for research in chemistry and a university-wide initiative for research in materials science and engineering.


“We appreciate the leadership that Kevin Carman has provided to the College of Science,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell. “He has worked hard to enhance the College of Science and its research and teaching efforts, while also recognizing the importance of interdisciplinary research opportunities across campus. He has been a great representative for LSU, and we wish him and his family the best at the University of Nevada, Reno.”


Carman serves as vice-chair of the Louisiana Board of Regents EPSCoR Committee, which oversees and administers all EPSCoR grant programs for the state of Louisiana.  At the national level, he serves on the Education Committee of the American Institute of for Biological Sciences, and previously served as LSU’s representative on the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (affiliated with the National Council for Science and the Environment).  His international activities include the Oversight Committee for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, or LIGO, and previous service as an elected member of the International Association of Meiobenthologists Executive Committee.  He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of McPherson College, the Board of Directors at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and the Louisiana Business & Technology Center.  


“Kevin has been a tremendous asset to the university as both a faculty member and an administrator. He has always been a very strong proponent for his college while still promoting broad interdisciplinary interactions,” said Interim Vice Chancellor of Research & Economic Development Tom Klei. “His contributions to LSU are appreciated. He will be missed, but we wish him and his family the best of luck in the future.”


He has secured approximately $8 million in funding for research and educational programs from a variety of national, state and private sources.  Carman has published 59 articles in peer-reviewed journals and books.  He serves on the editorial board of ISRN Oceanography and previously served as subject editor for Aquatic Microbial Ecology.  He has received numerous citations for outstanding teaching, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


An interim dean of the college will be identified, and a national search will be conducted to find a permanent replacement. 

Ashley  Berthelot 
LSU Research Communications

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012