Luke Laborde grew up on a farm in Avoyelles Parish, where he was involved in 4-H and FFA programs. In his new role as interim LSU vice president for agriculture and dean of the LSU College of Agriculture, he is drawing on his past to help shape the future of agriculture in Louisiana.
Laborde holds three degrees from LSU, earning a bachelor’s degree in agronomy in 1976, an MBA in 1978, and 36 years later, his Ph.D. in wildlife management. While an undergraduate, he was elected president of the LSU College of Agriculture.
Laborde had a successful 30-year career with Willis Group, plc., a global insurance brokerage and risk adviser. He started on a second career in wildlife management at the LSU School of Renewable Resources in 2008. He earned his Ph.D. in wildlife management in 2014 and joined the faculty of the School of Renewable Natural Resources in 2015.
“Many of the jobs I've had have been interesting, but I really have to tell you that my favorite has been serving as an instructor,” Laborde said. “The opportunity to engage with students and to help with their mentoring and development is truly one of the greatest privileges I've had.”
He said the AgCenter and the College of Agriculture have an important role to play in the many challenges facing our world right now from the pandemic to global warming and sea level rise to the loss of our coastal marshes and food security challenges.
“I'm very excited for this opportunity to help lead our faculty, our staff and our students as we address these many challenges,” he said.
Luke Laborde serves as an instructor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources.
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