Lisa Mims-Devezin was appointed interim chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans, effective July 1. The university, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, enrolls about 1,650 undergraduate students and more than 400 graduate students. Women make up three quarters of the predominantly Black undergraduate student body.
Dr. Mims-Devezin has been serving as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2014. From 2006 to 2014, she was associate dean. Dr. Mims-Devezin joined the faculty at Southern University at New Orleans in 1993 as an assistant professor of biology. She became a full professor of biology in 2010. Earlier in her career, Dr. Mims-Devezin taught at Dillard University in New Orleans.
Dr. Mims-Devezin is a graduate of Southern University at New Orleans. She earned a master’s degree in biology and a doctorate in science and mathematics education from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge.