John Rowan, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Dr. John Rowan comes to LSUA from Purdue University Northwest where he served as dean of the Honors College. In addition, he served as the dean of the College of Education, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and the chair of the Philosophy Program.

I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Rowan to LSUA. He demonstrated great vision in his previous post and brings leadership skills as well as experience to LSUA that will greatly benefit the University,“ said Guiyou Huang, LSUA Chancellor. “He is very committed to all aspects of LSUA and I look forward to partnering with him to strengthen and grow our programs and develop our faculty.”

At Purdue University Northwest, Dr. Rowan was the founding dean of the Honors College and was awarded Outstanding Administrative Leader in 2015.

Dr. Rowan earned his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Virginia. His master’s degree and doctoral degree are also from the University of Virginia in Philosophy.

“Chancellor Huang has put forth a carefully crafted set of goals to grow enrollment steadily and bring about long-term stability at LSUA. Carrying out this plan will require intentionality and patience over the greater part of a decade, and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to these efforts,” Dr. Rowan said. “I thank the members of the LSUA community for their trust in asking me to be the new provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. In the years to come, I promise to do what I can to continue earning that trust."

Eamon Halpin, Ph.D.
Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Prior to his new appointment, he served as Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for the Office of Academic Affairs in January 2018.In August 2017, Dr. Halpin was appointed Vice Provost and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and has been working for several months on program development and related academic projects on behalf of the university.  He is also LSUA’s SACSCOC liaison and played a key role in writing the university’s 2015 Reaffirmation report.

Dr. Halpin earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Greek and Roman Civilization (1987) and a Master of Arts in Modern English and American Literature (1988) from University College Dublin, Ireland. He enrolled in LSU’s graduate program in English in 1989 and received his Ph.D. in English in 1995. 

Dr. Halpin began work as a faculty member in English at LSUA in August 1994 and currently holds the rank of Professor.

In addition, he has served in a variety of administrative positions at the university. From 2006-2007 he was Interim Chair of the Department of Arts, English and Humanities. In 2007 he was appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs; in that role he oversaw academic advising for new students, counseling and testing services, and student life. He says that those years were among the most satisfying of his career, and that he thoroughly enjoying working with and helping students.