Three Added to LSU Presidential Search Committee

11/20/2012 03:30 PM

BATON ROUGE – Three individuals have been added to the search committee for the next President of LSU, all of whom have experience as faculty members, it was announced Tuesday, Nov. 20, by Blake Chatelain, chairman of the committee and member of the LSU Board of Supervisors. The three faculty added are William Cooper, Thomas Klei and Cherie-Ann O. Nathan.

The three new members join eight members of the Board of Supervisors on the search committee.  In addition to Chatelain, also serving is Ronnie Anderson, Ann Duplessis, John George, James Moore, Stephen Perry and Bobby Yarborough.  Hank Danos, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, serves as an ex officio member of the search committee. The search committee was originally formed during the April Board of Supervisor’s meeting.

Cooper is an LSU Boyd Professor of history. He received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1962 and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1966. He is the author of numerous books, including “Jefferson Davis and the Civil War Era”; “The Conservative Regime: South Carolina, 1877-1890”; “The South and the Politics of Slavery, 1828-1856”; “Liberty and Slavery: Southern Politics to 1860”; “The American South: A History”; and “Jefferson Davis, American,” winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Cooper’s area of research interest is the crisis of the Union, 1860-1861. An LSU Distinguished Research Master, he is also the president-elect of the Southern Historical Association; a Guggenheim Fellow; a Society of American Historians Fellow; a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow; and a Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, Fellow.

Since Nov. 1, 2010, Klei, an LSU Boyd Professor, has been serving as the interim vice chancellor for the LSU Office of Research & Economic Development. He had previously been the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s associate dean for research and advanced studies. Klei has a joint appointment in the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Pathobiological Sciences and the Department of Veterinary Science in the LSU AgCenter. He is a past president of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists and serves on the editorial boards of Parasite Immunity and the Compendium for Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian.

Klei is a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry on the development of veterinary anthelmintics, and has served on grant peer review panels for the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization. His research activities are related to the host immune response to parasitic nematode infection as it develops into either protection from infection or pathology. Specific involvements include the study of immunopathogenic and regulatory mechanisms involved in human filariasis.

Dr. Nathan is professor, chairman and director of Head & Neck Surgical Oncology and Cancer Research in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at LSU Health Science Center, Shreveport, and the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, Shreveport. She attended medical school at the University of Bombay, did her post-doctoral head and neck fellowship at Johns Hopkins and her residency at the University of California-San Diego. Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Nathan has been with the LSU Health Science Center, Shreveport since 1995, when she began as chief of ENT, VAMC Shreveport and assistant professor in the Dept. of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery.

Nathan is nationally and internationally recognized for her seminal work on molecular analysis of surgical margins. In 2011, she received National Institutes of Health, or NIH, funding to continue her translational research on molecular markers from mTOR inhibitor clinical trials. In 2010, she received NIH funding for a phase 0 trial of curcumin in head and neck cancer (NCT01160302), and is now pursuing curcumin in other local application cancers. She has published extensively and has more than 100 publications in peer reviewed journals and has authored textbook and encyclopedia chapters. She serves on several national committees and is a reviewer for numerous journals. The Louisiana Board of Regents established the “Cherie-Ann Nathan Endowed Professorship in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery” in 2010, initiated by grateful patients to honor her dedication and expertise.

Herb  Vincent 
University Relations

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012