Prior to becoming Interim President of LSU, Thomas C. Galligan served as dean of the LSU Law Center from 2016-2019, president of Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., from 2006-16, and dean of the University of Tennessee College of Law from 1998-2006. After earning his J.D. from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law and his L.L.M. from Columbia University Law School, Galligan taught torts, admiralty, UCC sales, remedies, comparative tort law and advanced tort theory at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he was named the Dr. Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law in 1997 and was honored by the students as the Outstanding LSU Professor six times. He has served as interim President of LSU since Jan. 1, 2020.