UL-Lafayette’s Paula Carson tapped for position at Missouri university _lowres

Paula Carson

University of Louisiana at Lafayette administrator Paula Carson has been named provost and vice president of academic affairs at Missouri Southern State University.

Carson, who serves as interim chief executive officer of the LITE Center, will move into her new position at the Missouri university this summer and oversee academic programming and faculty. She replaces Pat Lipira, who is retiring after serving as vice president for academic affairs since 2012.

“I am very excited Dr. Carson accepted our offer and that after such an extensive and effective career in higher education, she has agreed to bring her expertise to Missouri Southern,” Alan Marble, president of Missouri Southern State University, said in a news release.

Carson joined UL-Lafayette in 1991 and since 2007 served as the university’s assistant vice president for institutional planning and effectiveness. Last year, she stepped into the role of interim CEO of the LITE Center.

“I am delighted to be joining MSSU at this exciting time, so rich with opportunities and possibilities. The university is deeply committed to student learning and the creation of knowledge, and I will work tirelessly to advance the aspirations of the faculty, staff and students,” Carson said in a news release.

Carson received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola University in New Orleans, a master’s degree in business administration in 1988 from Milsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and earned a doctorate in management in 1992 from LSU.