The LSU Board of Supervisors Friday (Aug. 18) approved the appointment of a new associate vice chancellor for the LSU AgCenter.
Dwight Landreneau, who now serves as secretary for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, will move into the post as associate vice chancellor and associate director of extension for the LSU AgCenter Sept. 1. He will fill a position currently held by Dr. Ken Roberts, who will retire Oct. 31.
"Dwight brings with him extensive expertise in natural resources management and conservation, strong administrative experience in Louisiana state government and an in-depth understanding of AgCenter programs and the needs across the state of Louisiana," LSU AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson said.
Landreneau served 20 years as an agent with the LSU AgCenter's Extension Service before he left the organization in 1998 to serve as assistant secretary of the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. He was named to his current position with Wildlife and Fisheries in 2004.
"I look forward to returning to the LSU AgCenter family and working once again for the institution that provided my first career opportunity 30 years ago," Landreneau said when his new appointment was approved.
LSU AgCenter Vice Chancellor and Director of Extension Paul Coreil echoed those sentiments, saying he "looks forward to having Dwight back in the LSU AgCenter" in a few weeks.
"We know Dwight brings a wealth of experience with him, and we know he is going to be an asset to our team in the LSU AgCenter," Coreil said.
Landreneau, who makes his home in Washington, La., holds degrees from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and Louisiana State University.
Roberts, who has held the post of associate vice chancellor in the LSU AgCenter for the past five years, is retiring from the AgCenter after a 28-year career in which he earned national recognition in natural resource economics and served in various administrative and leadership positions for the organization.