Rod Parker Named Interim Dean of the College of Art & Design

Rod Parker

Rod Parker, School of Art Director

Rod Parker, Director of the LSU School of Art, has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the LSU College of Art & Design following the announcement that Alkis Tsolakis is stepping down as Dean of the College of Art & Design effective September 1, 2023. Parker will fill the role until a permanent leader is selected, and he will continue as Director of the School of Art. Professor Parker joined LSU in 1981 and has been the Director of the School of Art since 2008.

“I am honored to have been asked to serve as interim dean during this time of leadership transition for our college,” Parker said. Read more about Parker.

“I am grateful for his experienced leadership during this time of transition,” said LSU Executive Vice President & Provost Roy Haggerty.

“The College of Art & Design is of vital importance to LSU, the state of Louisiana, and all whose lives are enriched by the fields of art and design. It is nationally renowned for its creative excellence and impactful research. We will quickly begin a national search for an experienced, dynamic, and visionary leader who will further elevate the college’s distinguished programs,” Haggerty wrote to the LSU community.

Tsolakis will continue as a School of Architecture faculty member, teaching in the Design Paris study abroad program this fall 2023.

“Please join me in thanking Alkis Tsolakis for the many contributions his leadership and research have yielded for LSU.”

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