01/06/2014 12:02 PM
BATON ROUGE – LSU has named Daniel T. Layzell as the university’s new Vice President
for Finance & Administration, LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander announced
today. Layzell’s appointment, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors, will
be effective Feb. 25.
The new position of Vice President for Finance & Administration serves as the chief
financial officer for the state’s flagship campus in Baton Rouge, as well as the chief
financial officer for the state-wide operations of LSU and all its campuses. The role
includes executive-level planning, implementation and assessment of financial and
administrative strategies, policies and procedures, which not only protect but also
enhance LSU’s core mission of discovery, learning, diversity and engagement.
In his new job, Layzell will report directly to LSU President and Chancellor F. King
Alexander, serving as chief advisor to Alexander and the LSU Board of Supervisors
on all fiscal and administrative matters.
Layzell comes to LSU from Illinois State University, where he has served as the Vice
President for Finance and Planning since 2009.
“I’m excited for this opportunity and for all the challenges that come with it,” Layzell
said. “I look forward to my arrival in Baton Rouge, and also to getting acquainted
with all the campuses of LSU across the state of Louisiana. LSU reaches every part
of Louisiana, and it’s very exciting to become involved in such a large-scale, worthwhile
Prior to his tenure at Illinois State, Layzell served as the Associate Vice President
for Planning and Administration at the University of Illinois for two years, and prior
to that as Assistant Vice President for Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis beginning
in 2005. He also worked for the Illinois Board of Higher Education; MGT of America,
a consulting company that works with educational as well as local, state and federal
government entities; the University of Wisconsin System Administration; the Arizona
Legislature; and has served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin, Florida
State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Illinois
College in 1985, along with a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations from
the University of Illinois in 1986 and a Ph.D. in higher education administration
from Florida State in 1988.
During a visit to LSU on Dec. 5, 2013, Layzell spoke of having an “analytical” and
consultative management style and encouraging entrepreneurship among university staff
“I want people to get outside the box and say ‘why are we doing this the way that we’ve always been doing it,’” he said. “Is there a different way we can approach a problem? Is there a different way that we can solve an issue for somebody? For me, that’s really the fun part of this job.”
Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014