The LSU AgCenter is pleased to announce that Ted Gauthier has been named the new head of the Department of Agricultural Chemistry.
A native of Avoyelles Parish, Gauthier, who previously served as director of the AgCenter Biotechnology Laboratory,was asked to step into the role of interim department head when Mark Leblanc retired from the AgCenter to accept the position of state chemist and seed commissioner for Indiana late last year. After a search was conducted, Gauthier accepted the permanent position in May.
The department head for agricultural chemistry oversees the agricultural chemistry laboratory, which is jointly maintained between the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the AgCenter.
“We decided there was some synergy between the biotech lab and the Callegari Environmental Center lab, so we’ve merged those facilities into Ag Chemistry,” Gauthier said. “In addition to my responsibilities as head of Ag Chemistry, I will continue to oversee those two entities as well.”
Gauthier received a doctorate in chemistry from LSU in 2000. After spending time working in private industry, he got back into academia in 2002 at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he stayed for nearly a decade before returning to the AgCenter.
“I hope to bring my experience to this position and continue the important work the department has been doing since its inception for both the AgCenter and the state,” he said. “We received a five-year grant from the Food and Drug Administration to focus on pet and animal food testing for the state, and we continue to do water testing for the Department of Environmental Quality, as well as the fertilizer, lime and pesticide testing for the state.”
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