SU Ag Center set to host a virtual speaker series to commemorate its 20th Anniversary

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center will host a virtual conversation with Dr. Leon R. Tarver II and Dr. Leodrey Williams at 2 p.m. on May 27, 2021.


This event will kick off a speakers series leading up to the Center’s 20th Anniversary on July 1, 2021. The two speakers will discuss how and why the Southern University Ag Center was established.


Dr. Tarver serves as a member at – large for the Southern University System (SUS) Board of Supervisors. He is President Emeritus of the Southern University System and Executive Administrator (retired) of the Center of Cultural Heritage and International Programs at the Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge.  He previously served as Board Chairman of the SUS Board of Supervisors from 2015 – 2016 and was named Chairman Emeritus during the Board’s November 2016 meeting. Dr. Tarver served as the Southern University and A & M College System President from 1997 to 2005.


Dr. Williams served as the founding Chancellor of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Before his chancellorship, Dr. Williams was appointed the Acting Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Extension Service for all U.S. states and territories.  He has served on several national and international committees and as a consultant in Extension administration and education in Sierra Leone and Ethiopia. He has also helped to develop memoranda of understanding with the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of China. After 50 years of service, Dr. Williams retired on June 30, 2015 and was honored with the title of Chancellor Emeritus of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.


To register for the virtual conversation, visit


This event will be hosted through Zoom and live-streamed on the SU Ag Center’s Facebook page.


Additional speakers in the series will include:



All sessions will begin at 2 p.m.


For a list of events leading up to the SU Ag Center’s 20th Anniversary celebration, visit our website at



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