First African American university president in the history of LSU takes over on Tuesday


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Tuesday was a monumental day in LSU and SEC history.

LSU President William Tate IV officially assumes the office of President of LSU and becomes the first African American university president in the SEC.

Tate spent the first part of his first day with the media within the student body.

Along with that morning meeting, LSU says Tate will “spend his first day on campus with various leadership groups made up of faculty, staff and students.”

Tate replaces now President Emeritus, Tom Galligan.

William Tate IV has many accomplishments behind him, including those listed below:

  • Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of South Carolina since July 2020.
  • Received his Ph.D. in math education from the University of Maryland
  • Acquired Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Texas at Dallas
  • Registered Master of Psychiatric Epidemiology from Washington University School of Medicine
  • Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Northern Illinois University

Tuesday was exactly two months since Tate was next president of the LSU.

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