Shaping a new vision, refocusing programs, redirecting resources, increasing access to the organization, raising the organization’s visibility and actively pursuing private funding are among the initiatives undertaken by Dr. William B. “Bill” Richardson since becoming the fourth chancellor of the LSU Agricultural Center. He assumed the leadership of the statewide campus of higher education in 1997 when H. Rouse Caffey retired.
Dr. Richardson bases his initiatives on an underlying philosophy that the LSU AgCenter must serve the citizens of Louisiana in ways that improve their standard of living. This means managing resources to make certain the AgCenter is relevant, responsible and responsive.
In preparation for his role as CEO of the LSU AgCenter, Dr. Richardson served in several administrative leadership positions in the LSU System. He also filled national leadership roles in his professional organizations in vocational and agricultural education, and he assisted in the development of several LSU-based international projects. His travels abroad have taken him to Ukraine, Germany, the Federated States of Micronesia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Honduras, England, Canada, Japan and China.
A native of Kennett, Missouri, Dr. Richardson received a bachelor’s degree in 1966 and a master’s degree in 1968 from Arkansas State University and a doctoral degree in agricultural education from the University of Missouri in 1972. While teaching at Purdue University from 1972 to 1984, he was twice recognized as Outstanding Teacher and once as Outstanding Academic Advisor by Purdue’s Department of Education.
Dr. Richardson says that if he has a theme for his career, it is the pursuit of excellence, for himself, the LSU AgCenter and the people it serves.