Jenkins, interim system president and chancellor, on why he’s back at LSU

Dr. William L. Jenkins (CATHERINE THRELKELD / The Daily Reveille)

From a farm in South Africa to the Louisiana swamps, Interim System President and Chancellor William “Bill” Jenkins has done it all when it comes to higher education, and most of it fell into his lap without his asking for it.

The 75-year-old has served as the University’s chancellor twice, system president once and dean of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine — and he’s never applied for an administrative job.

Born on a farm in South Africa, he never intended to work in higher education.
He spent his childhood playing rugby and cricket, while aspiring to become a veterinarian.

“I always wanted to do it and fulfilled that dream,” he said.