Sasha Thackaberry, last administrator to leave LSU

(Collin Richie)

LSU’s vice president of e-learning and continuing education, Sasha Thackaberry, left school after just over three years for a senior administrative role at National University, a San Diego-based institution. and specializing in online learning.

She is the last of several LSU directors to resign, move or retire since President William Tate took over in July.

She will be replaced on an interim basis by Kappie Mumphrey, executive director of academic and strategic technology, according to a statement prepared by Matt Lee, who himself holds an interim position as executive vice president and marshal.

“I thank Dr. Thackaberry for his tremendous work over the past few years,” says Lee, who has been in the acting position since July, when Tate removed Stacia Haynie from that position in her first week on the job.

Thackaberry was not available for comment today, although she says in a text message that she left LSU because she was recruited by the National University, where she will be associate vice-chancellor for innovation. in the design of learning experiences.

During his tenure at LSU, Thackaberry played a role by reimagining and expanding LSU’s online learning. When it arrived in May 2018, the university had around 800 students enrolled in online diploma or certificate programs. Today, it has more than 2,000, and the number of online degree and certificate programs has grown from 9 to 71.

She also helped lead LSU in the transition to distance learning during the COVID-19 shutdown in 2020.

According to higher education experts, it is not uncommon for large institutions like LSU to see changes in the upper ranks when a new leader like Tate arrives.

Still, the number of changes in recent months has been significant. Besides Thackaberry’s departure and Haynie’s removal and replacement by Lee, other changes include:

  • Marc Bieger, Tate’s former chief of staff at the University of South Carolina has been appointed vice president of strategy, a newly created post.
  • Cynthia peterson, Dean of the College of Science, has been appointed to another newly created post: that of the President’s Special Advisor on Science.
  • Luc Laborde was appointed iActing Vice President for Agriculture and Dean of the College of Agriculture, replacing Bill Richardson, who recently resigned his administrative position to return to the faculty of the College of Agriculture.

Other administrative changes coincide with Tate’s arrival and were already planned or underway when he arrived. They understand:

  • Olive garden, who was named dean of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in June following national research.
  • Pierre Trentacosta, who was appointed director of the Residential Life Department following the retirement of Steve waller.
  • Shawnna Eberhard Smith, who was appointed director of the Office of Greek Life, following the retirement of Angela Guillory.
  • Jane Cassidy, who was appointed Acting Vice President of the Civil Rights and Title IX Office earlier this year.

(Editor’s note: This story has been edited since its publication to correct the spelling of Cynthia Peterson’s name.)

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