Academic Affairs and Innovation

Students walking to class on LSU campus

The Louisiana Constitution of 1974 gave the Board of Regents the responsibility to approve, disapprove, or modify all existing and proposed degree programs and administrative units of Louisiana’s public colleges and universities. These responsibilities have been delegated to the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, which is advised by its staff.

Academic Affairs and Innovation Division

Academic Affairs Staff


Dr. Tristan DenleyDeputy Commissioner for Academic Affairs and
Allison VicknairAssociate Commissioner for Academic Affairs and
Kim KirkpatrickAssociate Commissioner for Institutional Research and Performance Assessment
LeAnn DetillierAssistant Commissioner for Academic Program
Janet NewhallAssistant Commissioner for Academic
Kareem AwadData and Research
Donald BoeckmanPart-time Senior Institutional Research
Dr. Pam NorthrupPart-time Senior Advisor for Data
Dr. Lupe LamadridSenior Policy
Kimberly LangloisExecutive Assistant/Program

The Master Plan

To move Louisiana aggressively forward, the Board of Regents has embraced a robust new attainment goal that calls for 60% of all working-age adults (ages 25-64) in Louisiana to hold a degree or high-value credential by 2030. As we stand on the brink of a new decade, this Master Plan, born of the Board of Regents’ unique charge to guide postsecondary education across the state, will set the foundation to increase opportunity.  Our Talent Imperative is to Educate, Innovate, and Collaborate.

Master Plan for Higher Education