The LSU Agricultural Center’s longtime Vice Chancellor and Director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service Paul Coreil has announced plans to retire effective Sept. 15.

Coreil has held his position for 12 years and been with the AgCenter for more than 34 years, AgCenter Communications Director Frankie Gould said in a news release.

With the exception of a brief stint with private industry in 1998 and 1999, the Ville Platte native has been with the AgCenter since 1978, working as an extension agent, specialist, assistant director and vice chancellor.

Coreil has served in leadership positions in a number of national and regional organizations and has received multiple awards including the 2010 Association of Southern Region Extension Directors Excellence in Leadership Award.

“I will continue to be a strong supporter of the AgCenter mission,” Coreil said in a statement.

“I owe much of my life and any small success I have accomplished as an extension professional to the AgCenter ...”

AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson called Coreil the “perfect leader” of the organization’s outreach and extension efforts.

“He put into place policies and procedures that have made the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service more effective and relevant to new and diverse audiences,” Richardson said in a statement.