LSU vice provost leaving to take job in Minnesota

LSU on Friday announced the loss of administrator Katrice Albert, vice provost for equity, diversity and community outreach, to the University of Minnesota System.

Albert is expected to take on a similar role in Minneapolis as the vice president for equity and diversity.

Albert’s impending departure follows the Nov. 27 announcement that LSU Chief Financial Officer Eric Monday is leaving Baton Rouge for the University of Kentucky after nearly two decades with the university.

LSU’s voluntary departures have been adding up as of late. Since the beginning of the year, LSU has lost its Baton Rouge chancellor, College of Science dean, business school dean, CFO and now Albert.

Higher education leaders from around the state have said years of repeated budget cuts — more than $425 million since 2008 — are hastening the departures of some of the state’s top talent.

A continued exodus of talent, they say, will hurt Louisiana schools in national rankings.

The University of Minnesota System is ranked 13th in the highly regarded National Science Foundation rankings. LSU has ranked in the low-70s over the past several years.

During Albert’s 12-year career at LSU, she has been credited with ushering in increasingly diverse student bodies. LSU saw its most diverse student body in history enroll this year.

This fall’s black student enrollment of 3,054 students eclipses the previous high of 3,035 set in 2002 and represents a 200-student increase over last year, according to LSU’s Office of Budget and Planning. LSU also saw Hispanic enrollment rise by 156 students this fall, increasing from 1,305 students compared with the previous high of 1,149 set last year.

LSU’s Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Stuart Bell said Albert served LSU with “passion” and “expertise.”

“She has cultivated a campus environment that embraces individual difference, sustains inclusion and enhances access and equity,” Bell wrote in an email to LSU faculty, students and staff.

A message posted on the University of Minnesota website says Albert is expected to begin her new role on June 28.