About the Chancellor

A professor of biology since 2010, Dr. Lisa Mims-Devezin was named College of Arts & Sciences dean in 2014. She served as associate dean for the College from 2006 to 2014. She came to SUNO in 1993 as an assistant biology professor after teaching at Dillard University.

Among her career highlights, Dr. Mims-Devezin wrote, defended and developed SUNO’s Health Information Management Systems (HIMS) Program and the course curriculum in 2007. The program earned national accreditation in 2013. She also has served as a liaison for SUNO on the Louisiana Board of Regents State Articulation Committee for the past 20 years. Additionally, Dr. Mims-Devezin received the Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Faculty Award for teaching excellence in 2009.

Dr. Mims-Devezin received her doctorate in science/math education and a master of science in biology/microbiology from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge (SUBR); and a bachelor of science in biology/pre-med (cum laude) from SUNO.


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