“Paul Coreil has served the LSU AgCenter and the LSU System admirably for many years and he is the ideal individual to lead LSU Alexandria during a critical time,” said Jenkins. “He is a proven leader who made the AgCenter’s extension and outreach effort a great success, and it is that kind of leadership that is important for LSU Alexandria in this transition period.”
Coreil has been in his current position for 12 years and with the AgCenter for more than 34 years. Last month, Coreil announced his plans to retire in September of this year. He will remain as Interim Chancellor at LSU Alexandria until a permanent replacement is named.
“I look forward to working closely with President Jenkins, the LSU Board of Supervisors and with LSUA faculty, staff and student body during these challenging times to take positive steps that position LSUA as a critically important and valuable institution within the LSU System,” said Coreil. “As a native of this great state, I am passionate about higher education in Louisiana and very much appreciate the tremendous contributions that have been made by LSUA in not only the Alexandria area but across the state and nationally. As I assume this important interim leadership role, I pledge to support and enhance a culture of excellence and community/business engagement that will prepare LSUA and its students for long-term success and achievement.”
A native of Ville Platte, La., he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in zoology in 1976. He earned a master’s degree in wildlife management in 1984 and a Ph. D. in vocational education in 1995, both from LSU.
Except for a brief stint in 1998-1999 with private industry, he has been with the AgCenter since 1978, serving as an extension agent, specialist, assistant director and vice chancellor.
Coreil has been a national leader for the Cooperative Extension Service. He was chair of the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors in 2006 and chair of a committee that developed a national Web-based extension information system called eXtension.org. He also served as the chair of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy, or ECOP, in 2009.
He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors Excellence in Leadership Award in 2010.
LSU Alexandria is seeking to replace current Chancellor David Manuel who has been named president at Drury University. Manuel will serve in his current position at LSUA until May 1.