Dr. Lisa Mims-Devezin has been appointed the Interim Chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Mims-Devezin will fill the position left vacant after Chancellor Victor Ukpolo steps down June 30.
Currently serving as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Mims-Devezin was appointed by Southern University System (SUS) President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton. The SUS Board of Supervisors approved the appointment Friday, May 13.
“Dr. Mims-Devezin has served Southern University at New Orleans in various jobs for more than 20 years,” President-Chancellor Belton said. “I am convinced that she can carry out the responsibilities of this interim appointment in an exemplary fashion.”
A professor of biology since 2010, Dr. 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.
“I am humbled and honored to serve as Interim Chancellor at Southern University at New Orleans. I want to thank President-Chancellor Belton and the SUS Board of Supervisors for giving me this opportunity,” Dr. Mims-Devezin said. “I am a proud daughter of Southern University at New Orleans. I am committed to upholding this University as an exceptional institution of higher learning, not only locally and nationally, but also on a global scale.”