| Pennington Biomedical Research Center, a campus of Louisiana State University, invites nominations, inquiries and applications for a transformational scientific executive to serve as its next Executive Director. This internationally prominent campus is a world leader in research focused on a mission to discover the triggers of chronic diseases through innovative research that improves human health across the lifespan. The Executive Director will have a unique opportunity to help lead Pennington Biomedical to its next phase of evolution through growth, expanded partnerships and service to the people of Louisiana and far beyond. |
At the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the causes of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia, Pennington Biomedical conducts basic, clinical and population research. Pennington Biomedical is home to 57 faculty, 123 adjunct faculty and 21 post-doctoral fellows who comprise a network of 40 laboratories supported by lab technicians, nurses, dietitians and support personnel, and 13 highly specialized core service facilities. Pennington Biomedical’s 370 employees work in state-of-the-art facilities on the 222-acre campus located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The Executive Director (ED) reports directly to the LSU President, Dr. F. King Alexander. The next ED will come at a pivotal point for Pennington Biomedical, and will help set its future direction by diversifying its funding streams, growing its faculty and expanding its partnerships within the LSU system and externally.
The ideal candidate will be a preeminent scholar in an area of focus that complements Pennington Biomedical’s areas of research focus. The Executive Director must hold a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree and have noteworthy managerial experience in organizing and overseeing national-level biomedical research. Ideally he/she will have a demonstrated record in fund-raising.
The successful candidate’s record should include distinguished publications, sustained research support, and a national and international reputation among scientific colleagues. Above all, the next Executive Director will be a visionary committed to the prevention of chronic disease.
Applications and formal nominations received by the Committee are matters of public record under Louisiana law. Informal inquiries and suggestions of potential applicants are encouraged and should be directed to Jeff Schroetlin and Dr. Tony Barbato, with Witt/Kieffer, at PBRC@wittkieffer.com or by phone at 630-575-6972.