Landry retiring from UL in December

by Leslie Turk

After more than three decades at UL Lafayette, Dr. Steve Landry announced Tuesday that he will retire in December.

Dr. Steve Landry, UL Lafayette's provost and vice president of academic affairs, announced Tuesday that he will retire in December.

Landry has been the university's vice president for academic affairs since 2000. He was named the university's first provost in August 2008.

Landry announced his retirement during a weekly meeting with deans of UL Lafayette's colleges and schools. It was followed by a letter from Dr. Joseph Savoie, the university's president, that was e-mailed to administrators, faculty and staff.

Savoie says Landry has agreed to lead a task force this fall that will develop a systematic plan for reviewing and evaluating academic and administrative units and programs. "I am grateful for Dr. Landry's steadfast support and engagement during these first critical years of our new administration. Much of what we are as a university today is a result of his dedication and hard work," Savoie says.

Dr. Carolyn Bruder, associate vice president for academic affairs, will serve as interim provost while a search for Landry's replacement is conducted. Effective June 1, she will assume most of the day-to-day responsibilities of the provost and will take over full-time responsibilities of the provost in August.

Bruder is a former faculty member and department head. She has also been involved in the university's accreditation reviews by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the NCAA.

Savoie says a nationwide search will be conducted for Landry's replacement. "The UL System has stringent guidelines that we intend to follow in the process of identifying a highly qualified, proven academic leader as UL Lafayette's next provost and vice president for academic affairs."

The provost is the senior academic administrator and senior vice president on campus. He is responsible for the general direction of UL Lafayette's instruction, research and outreach activities, coordinating academic affairs, student affairs, research, advancement and administration.

Deans of each of the university's academic colleges report to the provost. One of his duties is faculty recruitment.

As vice president for academic affairs, Landry led a seven-year transition through increasingly selective admissions standards. He facilitated the development of an accelerated option track in nursing that allows students with four-year degrees in other disciplines to obtain a bachelor's degree in nursing through a fast track. He also led the development and implementation of the university's partnership with the Lafayette Parish School System and other district school systems for dual enrollment of high school students.

Prior to being named vice president for academic affairs, Landry was the university's vice president for research. He had previously served as director of research and sponsored programs. His university career has spanned more than 35 years.

Landry is a former associate professor and department head in computer science and the Center for Advanced Computer Studies at UL and director of the University Computing Center. Before joining the UL faculty, he was an assistant professor of computer science at Nicholls State University and a visiting research assistant for IBM. He also worked for IBM in Baton Rouge as a computer systems engineer.

He received a Ph.D. and master's degrees in computer science from UL Lafayette in 1981 and 1975, respectively, and earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Nicholls  in 1968.

Landry has served as vice president of the Louisiana Experimental Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research, chair of the Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund Planning Committee and as a member of the Louisiana Board of Regents Electronic Learning Committee and the Louisiana Partnership for Technology and Innovation.