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Spring Commencement: May 17

Dr. Larry Hollier, Chancellor of the LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans, will be the commencement speaker when Louisiana State University Eunice holds spring graduation ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in the gymnasium of the Health and Physical Education Building.

Since November 2005, Hollier has served as chancellor of the Health Science Center which is comprised of six health professions schools. The LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans educates Louisiana's health workforce, research scientists, and public health policymakers.

Dr. Hollier is also a practicing vascular surgeon and a lecturer on vascular and endovascular surgery. He is the author of more than 300 journal articles and has served on the editorial boards of 13 surgical journals.

Dr. Hollier was President and Chief Operating Officer of The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York before being recruited to lead his alma mater, the School of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, where he earned his medical degree in 1968 and was named Chief Resident in Surgery in 1974. Following a brief stint in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Hollier entered academic medicine with an appointment to the LSUHSC faculty in 1975.

In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and caused the levee to break flooding 80 percent of the city, Dr. Hollier led the efforts to temporarily relocate the Health Sciences Center to Baton Rouge. This involved identifying classroom space, new clinical rotation sites, the provision of housing for hundreds of displaced students and faculty by arranging for trailers and a Baltic Ferry to be made available for them in Baton Rouge.

More than 400 residents and 300 students were reassigned to undamaged facilities and were back working within less than 4 weeks. Classes resumed in Baton Rouge four weeks after the storm, with high attendance by the students. Dr. Hollier managed a $180 million overall loss for the Health Sciences Center, rebuilding the clinical enterprise, developing new partnerships, and negotiating a $50 million commitment from state leadership to ensure the survival of the Health Sciences Center. He also oversaw the repair and renovation of the Health Sciences Center campus and led the move back to New Orleans.

In 1980, Dr. Hollier joined the faculty and staff of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and in 1987 was named the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Oschner Clinic Foundation. In the mid-1990s, Dr. Hollier served as the Chair of Surgery and Executive Director of Clinical Affairs at the former Health Care International Medical Centre near Glasgow, Scotland, a tertiary care hospital specializing in cardiac surgery, cardiology, bone marrow transplantation, orthopedics and ophthalmic surgery, an operation he was recruited by Harvard to build. In 2002, he made the move to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Hollier is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and in General Vascular Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Scotland.

Over 100 students are candidates for graduation. Included are students who completed degree requirements during the spring semester.

LSU Eunice offers associate degrees in liberal arts, science, business information technology, criminal justice, education, fire science, general studies, management, nursing, radiologic technology, and respiratory care.