The University of Louisiana has appointed Dr. David Breaux as dean of its Graduate School. His appointment is effective Aug. 1 pending approval by the UL System Board of Supervisors.

He replaces Dr. C. Eddie Palmer, who retired earlier this summer. Breaux is a professor of political science and an associate dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Mississippi State University.

"When I met with people on campus here, I could feel the excitement,” said Breaux, a Houma, La. native. “I’m ready to embrace the transition process and see how we can grow and build the Graduate School."

He said one of his first steps in building the school’s programs will be to find out the needs in the community. “I think they’re are groups of potential graduate students around Acadiana. How can we reach out to them? Perhaps the delivery of courses may need to be a mix of on-campus offerings with online classes. We’ll see how we can help.”

In addition, Breaux is anxious to work with UL’s faculty and staff. “I’m ready to work with academic deans, program coordinators and the individuals in the Office of Research in an effort to build a more symbiotic relationship between graduate programs and faculty research offices,” he said.

Breaux has served in several administrative capacities during his academic career. He served as head of MSU’s Political Science Department for six years, during which time the department implemented a new doctorate in public policy and administration. He’s also a founding member of MSU’s College of the Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate and a member of the college’s SACS Compliance Certification team.

He received the Outstanding Professor Award for the Political Science Department at MSU in 1993 and 2007. Breaux is also a faculty member in the Honors College. He is a member of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, the American Political Science Association, the Southern Political Science Association and the Mississippi Political Science Association. His membership to honor societies include Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Alpha Theta.

“We are delighted to have David join the faculty at UL,” said Dr. Carolyn Bruder, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “He is bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience with him that will serve him well as dean of the Graduate School.”

Breaux earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Kentucky in 1989. He earned his master’s degree in political science in 1984 from the University of New Orleans and his bachelor’s degree in government from Nicholls State University in 1980.

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