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.
"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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.