Longtime faculty member Allen Rutherford has been named the new director of the School of Renewable Natural Resources. He took over July 1, 2007, from William Kelso, who had served as interim director after the retirement of Bob Blackmon in 2005.
“Dr. Rutherford understands the state and has developed excellent relationships with key stakeholders,” said David Boethel, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor for research and director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station. “He has conducted an outstanding research program and has been the mentor and guide for many graduate students.”
A native of south Texas, Rutherford has been at LSU since 1985, when he joined the faculty of the School of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries – the former name for the school. He has a Ph.D. in zoology from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Rutherford has served as professor of fisheries and coordinator for graduate studies. He has authored numerous publications and secured more than $8 million in grants and contracts.
The School of Renewable Natural Resources includes a research and extension program, housed in the LSU AgCenter, and a teaching program, offering the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, through the LSU College of Agriculture.
Linda Foster Benedict
(This article was published in the summer 2007 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)