LSU AgCenter names Southeast Region director

Chiquita Briley

By Tobie Blanchard, LSU AgCenter

The LSU AgCenter has named Chiquita Briley as the Southeast Region director. Briley will join the AgCenter from Tennessee State University, where she is head of the Department of Human Sciences.

Briley replaces Regina Bracy, who retired in July.

She will oversee AgCenter personnel and programs in 16 parishes and three research stations.

Briley received a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Southern University. She also received a master’s degree in nutritional sciences and dietetics and a doctorate in human sciences from the University of Nebraska.

Much of Briley’s career has been in nutrition education and extension. She was a nutritionist for the University of Nebraska before moving to Mississippi State University as an assistant, then associate professor.

She joined the faculty of Tennessee State University in July 2013 as a public health nutrition extension specialist and associate professor before moving into the role of department head, first as interim in 2014.

Briley said she wants to invest in communities and their challenges.

“It is critical if we are to build knowledge and train our faculty and students with the character needed to be successful,” she said.

The appointment is effective Dec. 1.