ALEXANDRIA, La. (LSUA) – To demonstrate LSUA’s investment in the education of the whole student, the University has created a new position for Holistic Education and Career Development. Newly hired Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr. Beth Palmer is focused on supporting students holistically through their college experience and partnering with local businesses for internships and on-the-job training.
According to LSUA Provost Dr. John Rowan, this new position was created to support the first goal of the university’s strategic plan, which speaks to holistic education and academic excellence. At LSUA, academic excellence is about helping students lay the foundation for their future, and career development is central to holistic education, including career exploration, internships, and other forms experiential learning.
Previously, Dr. Mary E. “Beth” Palmer worked at Louisiana Christian University, Texas Woman’s University, Texas Wesleyan University, and Texas A&M-Commerce. She has also worked in secondary education as a physical educator and special education teacher.
Dr. Palmer holds a Ph.D. in Business and Sports Management and a Masters of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University, a Masters of Education from North Texas State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana College.
Vision, action, service and results describe a lifetime of Palmer achievement. She was president of NAIA women’s basketball and a member of several NCAA committees. Palmer has been named Coach of the Year at several college conferences. Palmer also held the rank of staff sergeant in the Texas State Guard, perhaps the most creditable accomplishment. She is currently the Chair of the United Way of Central Louisiana Board of Directors, a committee member for the Central Louisiana Women in Business Conference, and a member of the Rotary Club of Alexandria.
Dr. Palmer looks forward to contributing to the continued development of connections between all disciplines, helping to provide a path of employment and growth for students, balancing ideals and optimism while recognizing the cultural influence and the needs of the students, and to ensure that we find a way to meet the needs of the whole student. Palmer said, “I am thrilled to be a part of fulfilling LSUA’s mission… to help students. The institution’s history has shown careful attention to workforce needs with an emphasis on holistic and innovative student development and intentionality in all planning and direction. I am honored to continue my career at LSUA where “Within Reach and Without Limits” is for everyone. »
“In looking for someone to lead these efforts, we were hoping to find someone, preferably with a PhD, who had significant higher education experience in a wide range of student-centric activities,” explained the Dr Rowan. “Dr. Mary Beth Palmer fits the bill. She comes to LSUA with more than 35 years of progressive experience in higher education, including in the areas of senior leadership, academic achievement, management of project, staff training and community relations – an aspect that will be very useful to him in establishing partnerships with employers.
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