|L-r: Hon. Smith and President Belton welcome Chancellor-Dean Phills|
Baton Rouge, La. - Southern University System President-Chancellor Dr. Ray Belton officially introduced the newly appointed Dr. Bobby R. Phills as Ag Center Chancellor/College of Agriculture Dean on September 6, 2016. Dr. Phills, who assumed duty on September 1, was presented to the faculty, staff and students of the SU Agricultural Research and Extension Center and College of Agriculture. Also in attendance to welcome Dr. Phills and address the audience was SU Board member and Chair of the Academic Committee Hon. Ann A. Smith. The extension field staff in more than 33 Louisiana parishes attended the event via remote access. Earlier in the day, Dr. Phills toured the facilities of the SU Agricultural Research and Extension Center and College of Agriculture and met with faculty, staff and students. During his speech, Dr. Phills emphasized the importance of team work. “I need your help, you need my help, and we need to work as a team if we must succeed,” said Dr. Phills.