ALEXANDRIA, La. (LSUA) - During Thursday’s 2019 Fall Commencement, LSUA awarded the Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Robert Cavanaugh.
The Distinguished Service Award is the highest award given by the University to those whose efforts have been instrumental in the development and advancement of the institution.
Dr. Cavanaugh began his career at LSUA in 1969 as a temporary instructor before working his way to professor. He was later named Head of Liberal Arts before being selected as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He served in that role for five years before being named chancellor of the University. Dr. Cavanaugh led the University as chancellor for 13 years until his retirement in 2007. He currently holds the title of Chancellor Emeritus of LSUA.
During his tenure as chancellor, Dr. Cavanaugh led the institution through two Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation reaffirmation visits, as well as leading the charge to becoming a four-year university. Under his leadership, several new facilities were constructed on campus including the Oaks Residence Hall, the Bo Nipper Technology Center, and the Multi-Purpose Academic Building, now known as Mulder Hall. Other accomplishments include acquiring the Alexandria Museum of Art and setting the stage for the first intercollegiate athletic programs.
“I could not think of a better person to be awarded the LSUA Distinguished Service Award,” says LSUA Chancellor Dr. Paul Coreil. “Dr. Cavanaugh’s vision for LSUA helped guide the University to what it is today. His dedication and leadership to the University helped propel LSUA to heights that were previously not thought possible.”
This was the 15th Distinguished Service Award given by LSUA.
On Thursday, LSUA graduated over 300 students in the Fall Commencement ceremony. The graduating class was a record number for the University.
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