Meet Our Team

koubek Dr. Richard "Rick" Koubek
Executive Vice President and Provost              


Dr. Richard J. Koubek began his tenure at Louisiana State University seven years ago after serving for 23 years in academia as a faculty member and administrator.  Koubek currently serves as the university's Executive Vice President and Provost. Read more...


Emily Hatfield
Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Provost
(225) 578-6290
Administrative operations, scheduling and program support

Heather Herman
Executive Director, Communications and External Relations
(225) 578-7166

Units that Report to the Executive Director:
LSU Olinde Career Center
Experience LSU
Corporate Council


       Erica Hawthorne
       Communications and Corporate Relations Specialist

Dr. Jane W. Cassidy

Senior Vice Provost for Human Resources and Academic Space Management
Roy and Margaret Gianelloni Professor of Music Education

Matt Lee

     Dr. Matt Lee
     Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Support Services
     Professor of Sociology

Dr. Matt Lee is the Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Support Services. In this capacity, he coordinates with the leadership of the academic colleges to facilitate the establishment of innovative and accessible academic programing, and works with student support units to ensure that students have the resources they need to be successful. In addition, he works to promote LSU as an engaged University through support of various initiatives that embed students and faculty at the local, state, national and global levels.

Units that Report to the Vice Provost:

Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership
LSU Online
International Programs
Cain Center for STEM Literacy
Academic Center for Student Athletes
Communication Across the Curriculum
Office of the University Registrar
University College
Residential Colleges Program
Continuing Education
LSU Discover
Center for Academic Success
castrillo Anna C. Bartel
Assistant to the Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Support Services
(225) 578-7155
Janet Newhall
Program Manager Academic Planning
(225) 578-2896
Academic programs, planning and review



     Dr. Derek Rovaris, Sr.
     Vice Provost for Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer 

Dr. Dereck Rovaris serves as Chief Diversity Officer for the University and is responsible for the University's diversity initiatives. Rovaris, an education consultant, has been widely published and has served as a featured speaker on the local, national, and international level. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas with majors in human development and family life, psychology and crime and delinquency studies. He has a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Xavier University of Louisiana and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Illinois.

Units that Report to the Vice Provost of Diversity:

Central Office for Diversity
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Women's Center
African American Cultural Center

Dr. Kenya LeNoir Messer
Associate Vice Provost for Diversity

Dr. Messer is responsible for strategic planning, outreach and communications, fundraising and advancement efforts for LSU's Office of Diversity.


Tarchia Rankins-Lollis, M.S.
Business Operations Coordinator
(225) 578-5736


Tommy Smith
Associate Vice President of Budget and Planning and Vice Provost for Finance

Tommy Smith reports reports directly to the Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO and the Executive Vice President and Provost. He serves as the principal liaison between the Offices of Academic Affairs and Finance and Administration. Mr. Smith provides executive direction and support to the Office of Budget & Planning whose main area of responsibility includes the budget and institutional research functions for the University. Mr. Smith serves as the chief advisor to the Executive Vice President and Provost in the areas of budgeting, financial planning, resource allocation, and data analysis. He also serves as an advisor to the Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO on budgetary and administrative matters. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from LSU.