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Morrison named LSU AgCenter associate vice chancellor

BATON ROUGE, La. — David Morrison has been promoted to associate vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter and associate director of its Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station.

Morrison, who has 29 years of experience in the LSU AgCenter, was serving as an assistant vice chancellor before moving into the new position.

“Dr. Morrison has been extremely active in providing leadership at the regional and national levels,” said David Boethel, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor for research. “He has administrative experience and an extensive background in research.”

A native of Mississippi, Morrison joined the faculty of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station in 1975 as a research associate at the Idlewild Research Station in Clinton, after completing his master’s degree at Kansas State University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and his doctorate in 1980 in animal sciences at LSU.

In 1980, Morrison went to the LSU AgCenter’s Rosepine Research Station as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1984 and professor in 1990, and he served as coordinator of the Rosepine Station from 1989-1995. In 1995, he was named resident director of the Hill Farm Research Station in Homer.

In 1998, Morrison was promoted to assistant director for the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station and subsequently to LSU AgCenter assistant vice chancellor. His primary duties involved statewide administration of the animal and food sciences programs in both research and Extension.

Morrison’s research focused on improving reproductive efficiency and developing sustainable forage systems for beef cattle. He is the author of more than 40 refereed publications and more than 60 abstracts and proceedings.

He serves as the administrative adviser for a number of multi-state projects for the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors and recently was named to one of the sub-committees of the national Experiment Station Committee on Policy.

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