The Southern University System board of supervisors has named Dennis Shields as the next president of the Southern University System and chancellor of Southern University and A&M College.
Shields will lead the Southern University System, which has campuses in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Shreveport. He will also serve as the leader of the flagship Baton Rouge campus.
“I am humbled and honored by your confidence in me to take on this role at this wonderful institution of higher education,” Shields said to the Southern University Board via live stream video during the meeting. “I had a remarkable and inspiring visit (to campus) and was able to spend some time with the students. I take it as a great responsibility to help continue the rise of the Southern University System.”
Shields has been the chancellor for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville since 2010. Prior to his current position in Wisconsin, Shields held administrative positions in admissions at the University of Iowa College of Law, University of Michigan Law School, and the Duke University School of Law. He has also held a deanship and a teaching position at Phoenix School of Law and acted as the vice president for student affairs at The City College of New York.
Shields, an Iowa native, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, and a juris doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law.