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December 22, 2014

Dr. VassarShreveport, LA-- Dr. John S. Vassar has been selected as the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at LSU Shreveport.  Vassar will begin his role as Provost on January 1, and he will be responsible for coordinating the academic work of the campus and overseeing implementation of a variety of new academic programs. 

“Dr. Vassar is a very effective, valuable team player both within LSUS and the community. It is a privilege to work with him,” stated Chancellor Larry Clark.  “I have strong confidence that John will continue to do an excellent job in our very important leadership role of Provost at LSUS.”

Vassar is a native of Shreveport and received his bachelor’s degree in History from LSU Shreveport in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Baylor University in 2003.  After joining the LSU Shreveport faculty, Vassar has taught philosophy, history, and religious studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Vassar served as Chair of the Department of Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, and Humanities from 2004-2012. 

“As someone deeply rooted in Shreveport/Bossier, it is the highest honor to serve the faculty, staff, and students of LSUS in this new position.” Vassar notes. “I am fortunate to have been raised in this community and look forward to helping LSU Shreveport to grow in stature and in service to the region.”

Named interim Provost in 2013, Vassar helped implement the state of Louisiana’s first Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Digital Media as well as Shreveport’s first Doctorate degree in Leadership Studies.  He has also overseen the approval of a SACSCOC level change to permit future additional doctoral programs at LSU Shreveport.

Dr. Vassar currently serves as Professor of Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at LSUS.  He teaches in the Masters of Liberal Arts core, is a founding instructor in the LSUS Honors Program, and has served as faculty senator and a member of the Faculty Senate’s Executive Committee.  Vassar is the author of numerous articles in the fields of Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Film.

Throughout his time at LSU Shreveport, Vassar has been actively engaged in the local Shreveport-Bossier community.  He has served as a consultant to a variety of non-profit institutions in Shreveport and was a founding board member for the Robinson Film Center.  In collaboration with the Shreve Memorial Library, he was designated by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities as a scholar in the Big Read program in 2012.  Vassar has also served as a panelist for several film series at the Robinson, and given numerous public lectures on Philosophy, Film, and Religious Studies at regional high schools, churches, and other community organizations. 

Louisiana State University Shreveport is a public university proudly serving the Shreveport-Bossier educational community with more than 20 undergraduate degree programs, a dozen master's degree programs (including the new online MBA), and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership Studies, as well as over 70 student organizations.  LSUS is a member of the LSU System, and provides a number of centers and institutes that serve as valuable economic development and educational resources to the community, as well as to our students. To find out more about LSUS, call 318-797-5000, or visit 

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