The University of Louisiana Alumni Association will honor Dr. Steve Landry, UL’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, with the Outstanding Alumnus Award during Homecoming 2010 festivities this week. Landry will be honored during a reception Friday and will also ride in the parade Saturday.

Read the interview with Dr. Landry here.

The Outstanding Alumnus Award is the highest honor a former student can achieve. It recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements that have brought honor and distinction to the university.  To be eligible for this award, one must be a UL graduate or former student having attended no less than 10 years ago.

Landry was named UL’s first Provost in 2008, and will retire from the university at the end of the current Fall semester. As Provost, he oversees all educational affairs and activities including faculty and research. Deans from each of the university’s academic colleges report to him.

In addition to serving as Provost, Landry has also been serving as Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2000. Prior to that, he served as UL’s Vice President for Research and before that he was the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs. Landry has also served as an associate professor and department head in Computer Science and the Center for Advanced Computer Studies at UL. He also served as director of the University Computing Center.

Before joining the UL community, Landry was an assistant professor of Computer Science at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux and was a visiting research assistant for International Business Machines (IBM) in Colorado. He worked for IBM in Baton Rouge as a computer systems engineer.

He received his Ph.D. and Master's degrees in Computer Science from UL 1981 and 1975, respectively, and received a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Nicholls State University in 1968.

He is a member of various committees, professional services and associations including the Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund Planning Committee. He has also served as Vice President of the Louisiana Experimental Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and as a member of the Louisiana Board of Regents Electronic Learning Committee and the Louisiana Partnership for Technology and Innovation.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the Enterprise Center of Louisiana and is Chief Technical Advisor for LONI, the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative .

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