Meet Stacia Haynie: Executive Vice President & Provost
Dr. Haynie, has been an active member of the LSU community since joining the Department of Political Science in 1990. In 2005, she earned the J.W. Annison, Jr. Family Alumni Professorship at LSU. Since 2006, she served as Associate Dean and then Interim Dean of the Graduate School, Vice Provost in Academic Affairs, and most recently, Dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.
What is your vision as interim executive vice president and provost?
After only a few weeks on the job, that’s a difficult question. I would say my vision as interim executive vice president and provost is to work all day, every day to ensure faculty are able to achieve great scholarly and creative works and are able to produce the magic in their classrooms, which is the catalyst for students to achieve amazing things.
Despite 28 years of being on this campus and serving in a number of administrative positions, there is still a steep learning curve. While that is a significant challenge, it is also what makes the position so exciting. I am learning about so many phenomenal faculty and incredible students as well as the collective will of our staff to see that our faculty and students succeed.
The LSU Strategic Plan is now in full force. Is it your plan to keep up the momentum?
Yes - there are some really critical challenges the campus collectively identified, and as part of this job, we need to ensure that we continue to move in a very strategic manner to attack those challenges.
What influences your passion for LSU?
I think it’s a passion for what education represents. When I think about my own life, my college experience was transformative for me, and I want that for every student who calls LSU home. It’s what motivates me, animates me and makes me excited to come to work every single day. I seriously have the greatest gig on the planet.
What was your college experience like and how does that relate to how you manage your position now?
I was only able to attend college because of a family who established an undergraduate scholarship. The Bristol family had no idea who would be the beneficiary of their philanthropy, but they believed in the potential of a student. I hope I have been a good steward of their investment, and while they supported a single student, I now partner with an entire campus to support over 30,000 students. I consider that an honor and a privilege.
We recently celebrated the 2018 graduating class commencement. What words do you have for those new graduates? What about our faculty and staff?
First, our students should celebrate graduating from a top-tier, research-intensive, flagship, SEC-loving institution which is a remarkable achievement that only a minute portion of the world’s population can claim. Second, I meet LSU alumni regularly, and I can attest that there is an incredible journey ahead for our graduates. LSU has prepared them for great success. Last, I want the faculty and staff to know that while I have the privilege of shaking our students’ hands on commencement day, that final handshake represents the dedication of all of our faculty and staff, who like me, work every day on their behalf.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love to watch LSU baseball! My husband and I also love to eat at Digiulio Brothers because I am in a committed relationship with their red velvet cake.