Provost Newsletter

In our ongoing efforts to keep you abreast of the latest and greatest news regarding our Deans’ searches, we will be sending out each candidate’s bio via The Pulse prior to their campus visit.

Meet Dr. Michael Mathis, candidate for the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS).  Mathis photo

Dr. Michael Mathis has served the last five years as Professor and Chair of Comparative Biomedical Sciences at Louisiana State University (LSU) in the School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge, LA. Under his leadership, the Department has grown to 24 full-time faculty members, four administrative team members and two core facilities’ employees. The faculty are comprised of both basic and translational researchers across several disciplines including cancer biology, cellular signaling, developmental biology and anatomy, neuroscience, and pharmacology and toxicology.

His laboratory is currently working in translational research to investigate oncolytic virotherapy and immunotherapy of cancer as well as novel cancer therapeutics and molecular imaging of disease.

Prior to his current position, he was the Director of the Gene Therapy Program at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA.

Dr. Mathis earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center followed by postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Diego. He has also completed a master’s degree in Health Administration from LSU Shreveport and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama.

Dr. Mathis is scheduled to be on campus Monday, October 22nd and Tuesday, October 23rd . Please mark your calendar to attend his “All-Campus Presentation” on Tuesday, October 23rd from 12pm-1pm in LIB110.

We will be sending out a brief survey after his visit and I encourage everyone to participate as your input is very important in this decision.

If you have any questions regarding Dr. Mathis and/or any of the other Deans’ searches, please do not hesitate to contact me at

All The Best,
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Charles Taylor, PharmD
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
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