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LSU Shreveport begins search for new medical school chancellor

By: - April 8, 2022 5:03 pm

(Courtesy of LSU)

LSU has formally started the process for finding the next chancellor of its medical school in Shreveport. 

The replacement is for Dr. Ghali E Ghali, who resigned in June 2021 after being put on administrative leave for about two months, The Advocate reported. His suspension followed claims from physicians and staffers at LSU Health Shreveportl that he had retaliated against them for raising sexual misconduct allegations against top administrators.

LSU President William Tate announced in an email to faculty and staff that LSU had formed a 22-person search committee, made up of professors at LSU Shreveport and medical community members, tasked with finding the next chancellor.

This critically important process requires a compelling vision for the future of LSU Health Shreveport and the Shreveport-Bossier area,” Tate said in the email. “And while we are looking forward to securing a permanent leader, it is imperative that we take the time required to find the right individual to lead our campus and serve as a community pillar.”

Full membership of the committee includes:

  • Larry Clark, LSU Shreveport chancellor, chair
  • Steven Alexander, professor of molecular and cellular physiology 
  • Keena Arbuthnot, special advisor to LSU’s president 
  • Steven Bailey, professor and chairman of internal medicine 
  • Lauren Beal, professor and division chief of internal medicine and pediatrics
  • Gary Burton, professor and division chief of hematology and oncology, FeistWeiller Cancer Center
  • Debbie Chandler, associate dean of student affairs, associate professor of clinical anesthesiology 
  • Lester W. Johnson, vice chancellor for clinical affairs, LSU Health Monroe
  • Curtis Joseph Jr., attorney
  • Stewart Lockett, student, School of Medicine
  • Grace Ann McCurdy, president of executive council, School of Medicine
  • Desmond Prejean, student body vice president, School of Allied Health
  • Bubba Rasberry, LSU Health Shreveport Foundation
  • Tyler Reekes, Ph.D. candidate, School of Graduate Studies
  • Cindy Rives, vice chancellor for administration and finance
  • Armand Roos, chair, LSU HSCS Foundation 
  • Rona Scott, associate professor of microbiology and Immunology, Mingyu Ding professor of microbiology 
  • Leo Seoane, chief academic officer for Ochsner Health 
  • Giovanni Solitro, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery
  • Toni Thibeaux, assistant vice chancellor for diversity affairs

The search for a new chancellor can take up to 18 months, Tate said at the LSU Board of Supervisors meeting Friday.

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JC Canicosa
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JC Canicosa is an award-winning journalist at The Louisiana Illuminator. Canicosa has previous experience at Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.