William B. “Bill” Richardson, Ph.D.
LSU Vice President for Agriculture and Dean of the College of Agriculture
Office: 106 Martin D. Woodin Hall
Shaping a new vision, refocusing programs, redirecting resources, increasing access to the organization, increasing enrollment, raising the organization’s visibility and actively pursuing private funding are among the initiatives undertaken by Dr. William B. “Bill” Richardson.
Dr. Richardson’s position as LSU AgCenter Chancellor was expanded to LSU Vice President for Agriculture and Dean of the College of Agriculture, an administratively consolidated position approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors in September 2013. The move improves the collective statewide efforts through more integrated teaching, research and public service, while also creating more administrative efficiencies.
Dr. Richardson bases his initiatives on an underlying philosophy that LSU Agriculture must serve the citizens of Louisiana in ways that improve their standard of living and educate future agricultural leaders. This means managing resources to make certain the AgCenter and College of Agriculture are relevant, responsible and responsive.
Along with the consolidation of teaching with the AgCenter’s traditional research and extension components, AgCenter administration was restructured by adding the titles of director of Cooperative Extension and director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station to the position of LSU vice president for agriculture. This streamlined decision-making and moved it closer to the faculty and staff.
In preparation for his leadership roles, Dr. Richardson served in several administrative leadership positions in the LSU System. He also filled national leadership roles in his professional organizations in vocational and agricultural education, and he assisted in the development of several LSU-based international projects. He is currently serving on the Zamorano University Board of Trustees based in Honduras. His travels abroad have taken him to Ukraine, Germany, the Federated States of Micronesia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Honduras, England, Canada, Japan and China.
A native of Kennett, Missouri, Dr. Richardson received a bachelor’s degree in 1966 and a master’s degree in 1968 from Arkansas State University and a doctoral degree in agricultural education from the University of Missouri in 1972. While teaching at Purdue University from 1972 to 1984, he was twice recognized as Outstanding Teacher and once as Outstanding Academic Advisor by Purdue’s Department of Education.