Southern, LSU agcenters share executive

(AP) — Gina Eubanks, Southern University Agricultural Center’s top official, is now also the program leader for food and nutrition at the LSU AgCenter.

“Her joint appointment will enhance our working relationship with Southern University and provide more opportunities for collaboration between the two land-grant universities and efficient use of resources,” LSU AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson said in a news release.

LSU Associate Vice Chancellor Ann Coulon says that under the dual appointment, Eubanks is getting $78,000 a year from LSU and $52,000 a year from Southern for a total of $130,000.

As vice chancellor for extension at Southern’s Agricultural Center, she was paid $110,700.

One of Eubanks’ first assignments will be working with the Healthy Communities program, launched June 1 in north Louisiana’s West Carroll Parish.

“This program takes a holistic approach to health education,” Eubanks said. “Good nutrition and physical fitness must work together. The whole community needs to be involved for real change to take place. The effort in this parish will serve as a model for the rest of the state.”

Eubanks has been with Southern nearly 22 years, starting in 1991 as coordinator of family and consumer sciences. She was named vice chancellor for extension in 2002.

Eubanks received a B.S. degree in clothing and textiles from Southern in 1977. She was awarded an M.S. in clothing and textiles merchandising in 1978 and a Ph.D. in home economics in 1987, both degrees from Oklahoma State University.