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LSU has named Todd Manuel as its first-ever permanent administrator for inclusion, civil rights and Title IX.
“We are pleased to welcome Todd Manuel to the LSU leadership team,” LSU President William Tate IV said in a statement. “He has a strong background in diversity, equity and inclusion, along with a legal knowledge to understand and interpret Title IX laws and policies to better help our students, faculty and staff.”
Manuel, previously director of Organizational Health & Diversity for Entergy, was one of the three final candidates LSU presented after a nearly year-long nationwide search. Manuel is the only finalist with no previous higher education experience. His work in diversity, equity and inclusion has been in a corporate setting.
Manuel is currently director of organizational health and diversity for Entergy as well as vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion for the Edison Electric Institute, which represents electric companies.
“When I think about the great work that is happening here at LSU and the desire to be a global force for change, I couldn’t think of a better place to be to deliver the type of work that I have been engaged in for much of my career,” Manuel said.
The position was created in March 2021, just weeks after law firm Husch Blackwell released a report detailing Title IX abuses at LSU and recommended reforms. The firm was contracted by the university to create an independent review after a USA Today investigation revealed that LSU had institutionally mishandled Title IX cases.
The new office had been held by Jane Cassidy, who served in an interim capacity during the search. During Cassidy’s term in office, LSU completed 17 of 18 reforms Husch Blackwell recommended. Its final recommendation will be completed when the university releases a power-based violence report covering 2022 and 2023.
“We thank Dr. Cassidy for her work in standing up the Division of Inclusion, Civil Rights & Title IX, bringing in quality staff and helping to implement the Husch Blackwell recommendations across campus,” Tate said.
Cassidy will return to her position as senior vice provost in the Office of Academic Affairs.
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