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Twilley Stepping Down as Louisiana Sea Grant Executive Director

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Robert R. Twilley, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Louisiana Sea Grant College Program

Robert Twilley announced he is stepping down as executive director of the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program (LSG). He will continue to be a professor in the College of the Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University (LSU) and plans to focus on his existing research after departing Sea Grant.

“I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed being a Sea Grant director,” Twilley said. “Being part of a program that has a mission of public service and problem solving – set in an academic environment – has been incredible. Programs like Sea Grant are what every university hopes to have. And LSU has one of the best Sea Grants.”

Twilley is the third executive director in the LSG’s nearly 53-year history. He became director in August 2012. He previously served as vice president of research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and associate vice chancellor for research and economic development at LSU.

“Robert Twilley’s leadership over the past eight years has expanded Louisiana Sea Grant’s reputation as a prominent resource by connecting Louisiana fishermen’s local knowledge with federal decision makers and made Louisiana Sea Grant a national model for many Sea Grant activities. LSU and Louisiana appreciate his service as executive director and wish him the best in his next endeavors,” said LSU Vice President of Research & Economic Development Samuel Bentley.

The Louisiana Sea Grant College Program and the LSU Office of Research and Economic Development will announce details in the next month for the search process to appoint a new executive director.