LSU Names Sam Bentley Vice President for Research & Economic Development

Sam Bentley05/09/2019
BATON ROUGE – LSU is pleased to announce that Samuel Bentley Sr., Geology Professor and Billy and Ann Harrison Chair in Sedimentary Geology at LSU, has been named Vice President for Research & Economic Development.

Bentley, who has been serving as Interim Vice President for Research & Economic Development since February, will assume the permanent role, effective June 1. Bentley has also served as associate dean for research and administration in the LSU College of Science, director of LSU’s Coastal Studies Institute, and as the Erich and Lea Sternberg Professor in the LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College.

“We are pleased to announce Sam Bentley as our new Vice President for Research & Economic Development,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “Dr. Bentley is a nationally recognized coastal and marine sedimentology expert who has demonstrated the leadership and collaborative skills that will take our research endeavors to the next level.”

LSU conducted a national search to fill the position, and recently brought four finalists to campus to meet with university administration and the search committee, and to conduct open forums for the entire LSU community. Students, faculty and staff were also given the opportunity to voice their opinions of the finalists via an online survey. LSU Executive Vice President and Provost Stacia Haynie said all these meetings and opinions helped inform the university’s decision to hire Bentley for the permanent position.

“We are delighted to have someone with Dr. Bentley's academic stature and leadership abilities serve in this critically important role,” Haynie said. “As the Billy and Ann Harrison Chair in Sedimentary Geology, he has led an active and productive research team. As a director, associate dean and interim vice president he has established key connections across campus. I look forward to working alongside Dr. Bentley to support President Alexander’s vision to expand our research mission and economic development role as the Flagship university of our state.” 

 Bentley first came to LSU in 1999 and has also held academic positions at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, and the Naval Research Laboratory of Stennis Space Center. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in coastal geological oceanography from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

“I am deeply honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to lead ORED, serve LSU and Louisiana, and help build our research and economic development enterprise,” Bentley said. “LSU plays a key role in the education, growth, and health of our state and region, and we are in the top 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities in terms of research productivity. We have much to be proud of, much still to do, and I am excited to lead the charge for our university.”

In his role as vice president, Bentley will report to the Executive Vice President & Provost and will supervise all faculty and staff reporting to the Office of Research & Economic Development. He will oversee the Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Research Advancement, Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization, Council on Research and 14 LSU centers and institutes.

Bentley’s areas of scientific expertise include marine sedimentology; geological, climatic, and anthropogenic controls on coastal river deltas; and sediment radiochemistry.



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