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Remembering the man behind LSUS...Chancellor Emeritus Donald E. Shipp

August 16, 2016

 “Dr. Shipp was a very effective administrator. He was well organized and he hired good people around him, and he encouraged us to be active and involved in the community and to build our programs” - Dr. George Kemp

Few people have the opportunity to see a University planned, built, and grow right before their eyes.  As chancellor of LSUS during its inception in 1965, it is safe to say that Dr. Shipp helped to mold LSUS into the prestigious university that it is today. 

In Feb. 1965, Dr. Shipp was appointed Dean of LSU Shreveport and given the responsibility of planning and starting the new campus, which opened Oct. 1, 1967 as a two-year commuter college with an enrollment of 807 students. For the first fall semester, LSUS had a staff of four librarians, five administrators, and 35 faculty members. Dr. Shipp served as head of the campus in his role as Dean of the College and department chairman of all the departments offering courses at that time.  

Dr. Shipp was officially appointed as Chancellor of LSUS in 1973.  In the same year, Dr. Shipp and his colleagues began to seek long-range plans to secure a four-year university status. With the help of key members of the LSUS community, William Bronson, The Shreveport Times publisher and Vice Chairman of the Coordinating Council for Higher Education, and the legislative approval granted by Governor Edwin Edwards, the growing university triumphed with the successful four-year status.

Dr. Shipp was known for his work ethic and delightful personality that made him friends with almost everyone.  He was also known for being ahead of his time, hiring several women staff members in administration and other supportive roles, where other universities only hired women as teachers.

Shortly before his retirement in December 1979, Dr. Shipp said his hope for LSUS was that it would continue to thrive and provide a high quality education for its students. “There have been frustrations and disappointments in securing building programs, but it all adds up to what you might expect to b

e the problems encountered anywhere in starting a new university campus, but I am retiring with a great sense of satisfaction that we have developed a very fine campus here,” Dr. Shipp said. “I think we have a very good, dedicated faculty and I believe that our reputation in the community and among all the campuses in the state is good. We put emphasis on having good programs and upholding high standards. I am very proud to have played the role that I have in helping this campus to be established.”

“Dr. Shipp was an exceptional individual- a terrific leader who was at ease with anyone and everyone associated with LSU Shreveport,” said LSUS Chancellor Dr. Larry Clark. “We benefit every day from his original vision, hard work and great achievements associated with LSU Shreveport.”

Dr. Shipp is survived by two daughters, Mitzi Shipp Theo and Susie Shipp Kelly.

Visitation services will be at Centuries Memorial Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 17 from 5:00 -7:00 p.m.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, August 18 at 2:00 p.m. at Centuries Memorial Funeral Home.