Former LSU chancellor Sean O'Keefe appointed Syracuse professor _lowres

Advocate Staff Photo by LIZ CONDO -- Former LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe is shown in this January 2008 Advocate file photo.

Former LSU Chancellor Sean O’Keefe has been appointed to a prestigious professorship role at Syracuse University.

O’Keefe, who led LSU’s flagship for three years, is a former NASA administrator and New Orleans native. He resigned from LSU in 2008.

He is the 17th person in Syracuse’s history to be awarded the title of University Professor. He also has been named the Howard G. and S. Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse.

“I am honored to be invited to rejoin the Syracuse University community and, once again, to have the opportunity to pursue my passion for teaching, working with students and collaborating with so many great colleagues on a range of projects,” O’Keefe said in a university news release. “I also look forward to contributing to the important strategic goals to which the university aspires.”

O’Keefe left LSU in 2008, amid administrative in-fighting and a public rift with then-System President John Lombardi.

In 2010 he survived a deadly plane crash in Alaska that killed former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens. O’Keefe was CEO of EADS North America at the time.

Michael Martin, who served as LSU chancellor after O’Keefe but eventually left for Colorado State, recently was announced as a finalist for the president’s job at the University of Nebraska.