LSU AgCenter names new administrator

Richard Bogren  |  8/25/2008 9:05:38 PM

News Release Distributed 08/25/08

The LSU AgCenter recently announced the appointment of Dr. John Russin as associate vice chancellor.

Russin, who previously served on the LSU AgCenter faculty, most recently was associate dean for research in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

“I always enjoyed my time at the LSU AgCenter and living in Louisiana,” Russin said of his previous stay in Baton Rouge. “People here are very supportive. This is a professional homecoming, and I welcome the opportunity to return.”

Russin said his role will be to continue to strengthen LSU AgCenter research and extension programs in plant sciences and to improve collaboration with various stakeholders throughout the state.

Russin received his doctorate in plant pathology from the University of Kentucky and spent several years as a postdoctoral and private-sector scientist before initially joining the LSU AgCenter faculty in 1991. He moved to Southern Illinois in 1998, where he continued his research in soybean pathology.

A nationally recognized researcher in the fields of soybean pathology and aflatoxin management in corn, Russin has received more than $7 million in federal, regional, state and private funding.

Russin replaces Dr. David Morrison, who has begun transition to retirement by moving to the position of assistant vice chancellor for animal and food sciences in the LSU AgCenter. Morrison will assist in oversight of animal and food science research and extension animal science programs.


Writer: Rick Bogren at (225) 578-5839 or

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