Dr. Renita Marshall selected as a recipient of the 2023 Leading Ladies Award

Baton Rouge, La. – Renita W. Marshall, DVM., Vice Chancellor for Academics and Student Support-Associate Dean at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences, has been selected as a recipient of the 2023 Southern University Leading Ladies Award.


The award is presented to individuals who display leadership, exemplary service, and dedication to the Southern University System, and surrounding communities. Dr. Marshall will receive the award during a luncheon on March 26, 2023, at the Southern University Law Center. The theme of the event is “Hidden Gems.”


As the Vice Chancellor for Academics and Student Support-Associate Dean, Dr. Marshall has established the Jag S.T.A.R.S. (Students Training in Academics, Research and Service) Scholarship Program. This program is supported by the USDA for the purpose of increasing the number and quality of students studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and other agriculture-related disciplines. 


She currently serves as the Charter president of the National Association for Black Veterinarians, Committee Chair of the Southern University Baton Rouge Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Coordinator for the National Animal Identification Systems, Member of the Southern University Baton Rouge Institutional Review Board for the Use of Human Subjects in Research, Contact Veterinarian for State Agricultural Emergencies for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture, and a member of the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge Zoo Advisory Committee. She was also recently accepted into the nationally recognized Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) program, which prepares highly qualified leaders to address a range of issues relating to food systems by developing their personal, organizational, and food system leadership abilities.


Dr. Marshall earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Southern University, a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.


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