Damon Andrew Named Dean of LSU College of Human Sciences & Education

05/07/2013 12:50 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU has named Damon Andrew as the new dean of the College of Human Sciences & Education. Andrew is professor and dean of the College of Health & Human Services at Troy University in Troy, Ala. Andrew will officially begin his duties at LSU on July 1.

He will succeed Laura Lindsay, who is retiring after more than 30 years at LSU. Lindsay has served as interim dean of the College of Education since 2010, and oversaw its realignment into the College of Human Sciences & Education in the summer of 2012.

Andrew comes to LSU after more than five years at Troy, where he served as chief administrative officer of the teaching, scholarly and service programs of the College of Health & Human Services, including the Department of Athletic Training; Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation, and Social Work; Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion; and the School of Nursing. Prior to his tenure at Troy, Andrew worked at the University of Tennessee, the University of Louisville and Florida State University.

“We are thrilled about Damon’s arrival,” said Stuart Bell, executive vice chancellor and provost of LSU. “It really feels like we caught a young star on the rise here, and it’s exciting to think of where Damon Andrew can lead the College of Human Sciences & Education in the future.”

“Dr. Andrew has already proven himself a very successful dean,” said Gaines Foster, dean of the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences and chair of the search committee for the dean position. “He brings those skills he has developed as well as his enormous energy and enthusiasm to LSU.  He is committed to making the College of Human Sciences & Education an even more successful and influential unit – both at LSU and throughout Louisiana and the nation.”

Andrew received a bachelor of science degree in physical education from the University of South Alabama in 1998, and earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology the following year. He earned two more graduate degrees in sports management and biomechanics from the University of Florida, before receiving a Ph.D. in sports administration from Florida State University in 2004. During his time there, he also served as coordinator of academic support services for the division of undergraduate studies. Andrew later went on to serve as an assistant and associate professor at Louisville and Tennessee respectively, at the latter of which he founded a doctoral program in sports management.

His research interests include leadership in sport; the attraction of sport to participants, spectators, sponsors, employees and stakeholders; and the effective integration of individuals with disabilities into the sporting environment. Andrew has participated in more than 25 funded grants and has had 114 articles, reviews, proceedings and book chapters selected for publication, as well as 76 scholarly presentations at national and international conferences. He is the editor of the Sport Management Education Journal and the Journal of Applied Sport Management, as well as the associate editor of the International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, and he serves on six other editorial boards. He also co-wrote the book “Research Methods and Design in Sport Management” with Paul M. Pedersen and Chad McEvoy, published in 2011.

“I am convinced the College of Human Sciences & Education at LSU is poised for greatness, and I am most honored to be chosen to serve as its next dean,” said Andrew. “The mission of this college – to advance cognitive, social, emotional, communicative and physical development across the lifespan – is most relevant to a number of pressing issues in society today and is intricately linked to a prosperous future for Louisianans and society at large. I am attracted to the challenges and opportunities associated with leading the newest college at Louisiana’s flagship institution, and I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students and supporters to achieve higher levels of excellence.

“During my campus visit, I was introduced to LSU’s most prized resource – its people – and I am convinced the bold and fearless spirit of LSU’s many constituents portends a bright future for the state of Louisiana and beyond,” he added. “My five years of experience as dean of the newest college within a recently reorganized and dynamically growing university has prepared me well for this significant responsibility, and I look forward to the prospect of providing consistent and fair leadership in CHSE for a long time.”

The LSU College of Human Sciences & Education is composed of six realigned schools, including the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School.

For more information, visit www.chse.lsu.edu.  

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013