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About the Chancellor

James L. Llorens, Ph.D.
Southern University and A&M College
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Biographical Statement

Dr. James L. Llorens was appointed Chancellor of Southern University and A&M College by the Southern University Board of Supervisors in April 2011. He officially assumed the position on July 1, 2011.  At the time of his appointment, Llorens was serving as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer to Mayor-President Melvin Holden of the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge. Southern University has an enrollment of 7,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate level.  The University offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctoral degrees.

Llorens served previously at Southern University from 1989-2008. Llorens retired from the University in 2008 as Associate Professor of Public Administration and Dean of the Graduate School.   Prior to that he served as Chair of the Department of Public Administration and the Department of Political Science.

He is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans and earned a Master's in Urban Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Ph.D. in Political Science from Louisiana State University.  He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Public Policy and Minority Communities at the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.  Llorens was also a 1998-99 Fellow in the American Council on Education Higher Education Leadership Program.

During his academic career, Dr. Llorens served on many national boards and committees in organizations such as the Council of Graduate Schools, Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools, Educational Testing Service's Graduate Record Examination Division, Conference of Black Political Scientists, and the Conference of Minority Public Administrators.

He served on academic accreditation teams with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

Llorens was appointed to the position of Assistant Chief Administrative Officer by Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden in January, 2009.  His responsibilities included oversight of the Departments of Community Development, Workforce Investment, Human Development and Services, Juvenile Services, and Human Resources, along with other special projects as assigned. Llorens previously served in Baton Rouge city government from 1975-89.  His last position was that of Personnel Coordinator (Director of Human Resources).

Dr. Llorens is an active member of the Baton Rouge community. He is a founding member and former board member of 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Baton Rouge and served on the board of the 100's Capitol Charter Initiative which operated the Capitol High Academy charter school.  He is a Board member of the Baton Rouge General Hospital and the East Baton Rouge Parish Redevelopment Authority. He also serves on the Advisory Committee for Pediatric Health Choice's Pediatric Day Health Center in Baton Rouge and on the Board of Motivating Students for Success, Inc.

He is a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, having graduated from St. James High School.  He is married to Glenda Darensbourg Llorens.  His son, Dr. Jared Llorens, is a member of the faculty at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. His daughter, Raya, is a housewife and mother in Miami, Florida.  He has three granddaughters, Ella Llorens and Clare and Lloren Moore.