ULS Director Search

Update from Committee Co-Chairs

February 25, 2021

Dear Cub Community ,

On behalf of the entire search committee, thank you for your continued patience during this process. We recognize the search has extended longer than originally anticipated due to several factors beyond our control, from the pandemic to hurricanes and even ice storms. Since the last update regarding the revised timeline of interviews, one of our candidates, Dr. Matt Walsh, has accepted another position and therefore requested to withdraw his name as a finalist. After reconvening the search committee, it was recommended to Dean Mitchell that we add Mr. Jeremy Couvillion as an additional finalist to be interviewed in the coming weeks. We had the privilege of interviewing several exceptional candidates over a two-day period in early February, and the process of presenting four finalists was cumbersome as each one possessed great potential for leading this school, and Mr. Couvillion is no exception. 

As briefly mentioned in the Dean’s recent update, we want the entire Cub Family to take part in the final stage of this process. With that, each finalist will present in an open forum via zoom on the following dates:

  • Sharmayne Rutledge, Tuesday, March 2nd at 9:30 a.m.
  • Paul Manthei, Thursday, March 4th at 9:30 a.m.
  • Kevin George, Thursday, March 11th at 9:30 a.m.
  • Jeremy Couvillion, Tuesday, March 16th at 9:30 a.m.

Additional details, as well as the link to the webinar, will be made available on this page.

The finalists have been asked to prepare a short presentation on their background and vision for ULS, followed by a Q&A from the community. Due to the anticipated large number of participants, video and audio of each participant will be disabled. However, you will be able to submit questions via the chat function and the moderator will do their best to ask the as many as possible, in the time allotted. 

We’re excited for the final steps in this process.


Laura Lindsay and Carolyn Collins
Co-Chairs, ULS Director Search Committee

update from Dean Mitchell 

February 22, 2021

The ULS Director Search Committee, led by Co-Chairs Drs. Carolyn Collins and Laura Lindsay, met in January to narrow down the pool of applicants for virtual interviews. Over two consecutive days, the committee interviewed eight highly-qualified, talented individuals and presented four finalists to be considered for on-campus interviews. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic and continued restrictions on in-person meetings, this will not look like a typical search as is customary for LSU or the University Laboratory School as we will rely on Zoom and other technologies for meetings that are typically held in-person.

We’ve scheduled our finalists to be on campus for the week(s) of  March 1st and  March 8th. We will make every effort to include the entire Cub Community in this process, as I value each and every one of you and the incredible efforts you bestow upon the school. On the Finalists for Director webpage you  will find with a short bio and headshot of each finalist. In our next update, I will share information on how the community can take part in this process.

I am excited about the future success of our nationally-recognized school and learning more about our candidates’ ideas to lead it to further excellence.

Yours in service,

Roland Mitchell, PhD
Dean and E.B. "Ted" Robert Endowed Professor

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