Linda Benedict | 9/10/2013 8:44:07 PM
In the first half of 2013, two LSU AgCenter extension administrators retired – Paul Coreil, the director and vice chancellor, and Dwight Landreneau, the associate director and associate vice chancellor. Both had given meritorious service to the AgCenter, Louisiana agriculture and the Cooperative Extension System for decades.
Coreil was director for 12 of his 34 years with the AgCenter. A native of Ville Platte, La., he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in zoology in 1976. He earned a master’s degree in wildlife management in 1984 and a Ph.D. in vocational education in 1995, both from LSU.
Except for a brief stint in 1998-1999 with private industry, he had been with the AgCenter since 1978, serving as an extension agent, specialist, assistant director and vice chancellor. Coreil was the major driving force behind the Master Farmer program, which began in 2001 as a way to help farmers learn the most current practices for soil and water conservation on their farms.
Coreil was a national extension leader, serving as chair of the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors in 2006 and chair of a committee that developed a national Webbased extension information system called eXtension.org. He also served as the chair of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy in 2009.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors Excellence in Leadership Award in 2010.
“I see no more valuable mission for land-grant institutions than the dissemination of research findings that help build communities, solve problems, increase profitability, improve quality of life, and help feed, clothe and provide housing for the people of the United States and the world,” said Coreil. “Working with 4-H’ers, Louisiana Sea Grant and starting the Master Farmer program have been the most rewarding.”
Douglas Steele, director of Texas AgriLife Extension, said of Coreil, “As a national leader for the Extension System, Paul was well-respected for his thoughtful approach to working with others and dealing with difficult situations. More importantly, he truly believed in the power of extension education to change lives and improve communities.”
Coreil is currently serving as the interim chancellor of LSU-Alexandria. Landreneau had been associate vice chancellor for six years. He previously served in the AgCenter as a 4-H agent, county agent and area crawfish specialist for 20 years before leaving in 1998 for a position in state government.
He served as assistant secretary of the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism before being named secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 2004.
Landreneau, who makes his home in Washington, La., holds degrees from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and Louisiana State University.
During his tenure as associate vice chancellor, Landreneau provided leadership in developing the Louisiana 4-H Museum in Mansura and expanding the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center in Pollock along with his continuing contributions to the Louisiana crawfish industry.
“It has been an honor and privilege to work with the agriculture Industry and the people of Louisiana for the past 30-plus years. I have had the opportunity to watch young people grow and achieve their goals and to see farm families and agriculture-related businesses become successful by following research-based information provided by the AgCenter,” Landreneau said.
Since their departure, the AgCenter administration has undergone a restructuring. Chancellor Bill Richardson serves as both the director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service and the director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station. The other top administrators include John Russin, vice chancellor; and B. Rogers Leonard, Phil Elzer, Mark Tassin and Gina Eubanks as program leaders and associate vice chancellors.
Frankie Gould is the director of LSU AgCenter Communications and Public Relations.
(This article was published in the summer 2013 issue of Louisiana Agriculture magazine.)