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Contact: Christine Payton Sept. 24, 2008
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
Dr. Steve LandryDr. Steve Landry, Vice President for Academic Affairs recently was named the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s first Provost.

The appointment was made official by the University of Louisiana System.

“ Dr. Steve Landry’s experience in higher education makes him a perfect fit for the Provost position,” said UL Lafayette President Dr. Joseph Savoie. “He is a distinguished leader on this campus and is highly regarded by both academia and researchers.”

The title of Provost refers to the senior academic administrator at many universities across the country.

Landry will oversee all educational affairs and activities including faculty and research. Deans from each of the university’s academic colleges will report to Landry. He will keep is title of Vice President of Academic Affairs as well.

“ It’s an honor for me to serve UL Lafayette as Provost,” said Landry. “Providing our students with a high-quality education and our faculty with a competitive environment has always been a priority for myself and this university and I will continue this tradition.”

Prior to being named Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2000, Landry served as UL Lafayette’s Vice President for Research. Before holding that position, he was the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Landry has also served as an associate professor and department head in Computer Science and the Center for Advanced Computer Studies at UL Lafayette. He also served as director of the University Computing Center.

Prior to joining the UL Lafayette community, Landry was an assistant professor of Computer Science at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux and was a visiting research assistant for International Business Machines (IBM) in Colorado. He worked for IBM in Baton Rouge as a computer systems engineer.

He received his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from UL Lafayette 1981 and 1975, respectively, and received a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Nicholls State University in 1968.

He is a member of various committees, professional services and associations including the Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund Planning Committee. He has also served as Vice President of the Louisiana Experimental Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and as a member of the Louisiana Board of Regents Electronic Learning Committee and the Louisiana Partnership for Technology and Innovation.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the Enterprise Center of Louisiana and is Chief Technical Advisor for the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative.


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 16,000 students. It's a public institution that awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes - Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns - compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition. The campus is located in the heart of Acadiana - a rich cultural area known for its excellent food, music, festivals and quality of life.

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