Just a little over 22 months after being named vice president for research at UL Lafayette, Dr. Robert Twilley has been named executive director of the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, an LSU-based program that, according to its website, promotes “stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone.”

Between November 2010 and April of this year the respected coastal researcher wore two hats, also serving as the interim CEO of Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise. But he’s no stranger to the Baton Rouge campus: Twilley served as associate vice chancellor for research and economic development at LSU before taking the VP position at UL.

Louisiana Sea Grant is one of 32 programs located in coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico under the umbrella of the National Sea Grant Program.

“It’s an honor to lead such a distinguished program,” Twilley in a press release announcing the hire. “Louisiana Sea Grant has accomplished some extraordinary things, from responding to coastal stakeholder needs following devastating hurricanes and the recent oil spill in the Gulf to sponsoring innovative research and nurturing new scholars across the state. This truly is an exciting opportunity for me to continue my passion to promote solutions to living along coastal Louisiana.”

Twilley tells The Ind he owns a condo in Baton Rouge but plans to maintain his Lafayette residence and remain active in the community.

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