Dr. Frederick “Chip” LeMieux has been named dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at McNeese State University, according to Dr. Mitchell Adrian, McNeese provost and vice president for academic affairs and enrollment management. LeMieux has been serving as interim dean since May 2018.
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“I would like to thank McNeese President Dr. Daryl Burckel and Dr. Adrian and our faculty, staff and students for their confidence in my ability to lead the College of Agricultural Sciences,” says LeMieux. “The College of Agricultural Sciences is poised to be a community leader in education, research and outreach. Our students are leaders at the local, state and national level and we will continue to educate them on being good stewards to the land and animals they produce. We will also incorporate the latest technologies and science into our programs to give our students a competitive edge in the workforce. We will be the ‘First Choice’ for education in the agricultural sciences for students in Louisiana and Southeast Texas.”
LeMieux received his doctorate, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in agriculture from Louisiana State University. His area of expertise is non-ruminant nutrition, swine production and livestock behavior.
Prior to his appointment, LeMieux – a professor of agricultural sciences – served as associate dean of the college as well as director and department head of the Harold and Pearl Dripps School of Agricultural Sciences at McNeese. He oversees teaching and outreach programs, including the recent community collaborative project, 1,000 Trees in 1,000 Days, research at three university farms and a meat processing facility that provide hands-on experience for students and a national championship university rodeo team.
Before coming to McNeese in 2002, LeMieux was a research associate with the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station in Baton Rouge, supervising the daily operations of the swine research farm and working with scientists, students and industry professionals conducting nutrition, reproduction and behavior studies.
He has published numerous articles in refereed journals, made presentations at conferences, is a member of several professional organizations and was named a Louisiana Pork All-American.
LeMieux has also obtained over $1.3 million in national, state and local grants for McNeese, that included funds for the acquisition of the 7,350-square-foot Center for Advancement of Meat Production and Processing in Lacassine.
He recently received the university’s second patent with McNeese colleague Dr. Mark Merchant for a blood product from the Crocodylian species that could be used as a feed supplement for weanling pigs and poultry hatchlings.
LeMieux was one of 18 participants selected for the inaugural class of the University of Louisiana System Management and Leadership Institute, a program created to develop potential executive level professionals from within the nine universities of the UL System.
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