Monday, June 17, 2024

 LSUS Chancellor Clark to retire June 2023

by BIZ Magazine

Louisiana State University Shreveport Chancellor Larry Clark has announced his pending retirement. 

At the LSU Shreveport Planning Council meeting on campus today, Larry Clark announced that he will retire as Chancellor on June 30, 2023. A national search for a new Chancellor will begin this fall. 

“Being the Chancellor at LSU Shreveport has been a very special privilege,” said Chancellor Larry Clark. “It has been a joy to closely work in team with University faculty and staff to help LSUS sustain excellence and achieve great impact for our students and this region. Our students are top-notch, and the faculty and staff consistently exceed my expectations. I have full confidence in the future of LSU Shreveport.” 

Clark returned to LSUS as Chancellor in 2014 after having served as a faculty member and Dean of the School of Business from the early 80s through the mid-90s. In the interim, Clark served as Dean of the schools of business at Sonoma State University and the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Just as he became dean at LSUS, Clark became the youngest lead author of a major business textbook with McGraw-Hill, Inc. 

In an initiative begun by his predecessor Interim Chancellor Paul Sisson and brought to fulfillment by Clark and a core group of dedicated faculty, LSUS has achieved national prominence for its online programs. This enabled LSUS to increase enrollment from nearly 4,000 to over 8,600 students. More recently, LSUS has collaborated with LSU Health Shreveport to create research opportunities for both faculty and students, as well as joint academic programs. During this past legislative session, LSUS was granted $2.5M to support cybersecurity initiatives that closely link to a previous $1.2M Louisiana Economic Development grant and will enable the University to establish an on-campus Security Operations Center in the LSUS Technology Center. 

During Clark’s tenure as Chancellor, cutting-edge places for learning and research have transformed the LSUS campus, including the centralized Student Success Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, IdeaSpace, Cyber Collaboratory, Pilot Education Center, Human Performance Lab and Veterans Resource Center. In the last five years alone, LSUS has hired more than 60 new faculty members, purchased Pilots Pointe Apartments for our students, upgraded the athletics facilities, acquired the Spring Street Historical Museum, and increased wages for faculty and unclassified staff. Clark consistently attributes such successes to the collaboration and support of LSUS faculty, staff, and students, and to President William F. Tate IV, the LSU Board of Supervisors, the LSUS Foundation, the LSUS Alumni Association, the Noel Foundation, and the state legislature. 

As Clark prepares to retire, the university is well positioned for future success that will attract the next LSUS Chancellor. Upcoming and continuing projects include renovation of two key buildings on campus, construction of a driving bridge from the apartments to the campus, establishment of an MOU with LSUHS for a guaranteed interview program, further curriculum alignment with industry standards, and expansion of K-12 pipeline offerings to shrink achievement gaps in the region. 

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Helen Taylor said, “Larry Clark’s committed and principled leadership has transformed and invigorated LSU Shreveport, allowing us to serve an increased and diverse student body. He will be leaving an indelible mark on the institution and on Shreveport itself.” 

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