Did you know?...in LSU History

Below is a timeline of diversity and equity at LSU. If there are other significant LSU firsts that are not a part of this list, feel free to suggest those events to our unit. You may submit the historical event via email at diversity@lsu.edu

1905: The first female graduated from LSU (Olivia Davis)

1909: The first female faculty member (Merceds Garig)

1913: First Hispanic professor (Antonio Guell)

1926: First female faculty member of the LSU Law School (Harriet S. Daggett)

1906: First women (17) enrolled as freshmen

1948: First woman to earn a bachelors in Geology (Harriet Cameron Belchic)

1950: LSU Board of Education enrolls Black student into the law school (Roy S. Wilson)

1952: First Black (male or female) to earn a degree from LSU [Masters of Education] (Charles E. Harrington)

1953: First Black undergraduate enrolls at LSU (A. P. Tureaud)

1954: First Black to graduate from LSU Law School (Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial)


1956: First Black female to graduate from LSU [Masters of Education] ( Pearl Henry Payne )


1965: First female faculty member of the College of Education (Fran Beck)

1965: First Black Tiger Band member (John Sibley Butler)

1957: First Black to graduate from the LSU School of Library and Information Sciences (Ollie H. Burns)

1964: First group (6) of Black students enroll at LSU

1964: First Black female to attend LSU (Freya Anderson Rivers)

1964: First Black (male or female) to live in a LSU residence hall (Maxine Crump)

1967: First Black (male or female) to earn her Ph.D. from LSU (Pinkie Gordon Lane)

1969: First Black baseball player (Henry LeBoyd)

1971: First Black wrestler (Joe Lee Lott)

1971: First Black LSU professor (Julian T. White, Architecture)

1974: First Black LSU basketball player (Collis Temple, Jr.)

1972: First meeting space for Black students was established (Harambeé House)

1972: First Black LSU Student Government President (Kerry Pourciau)

1972: First Black Ph.D. graduate in Chemistry (Richard Evans)

1972: First Black LSU varsity football players (Lora O. Hinton, Jr. and Mikell Williams)

1972: First Black male gymnast (Mike Carter)

1972: First Black Tigress Pom Pon (Elma Walker)

1973: First Black graduate of the School of Renewable Natural Resources [Masters in Fisheries] (Albert J. Doucette, Jr.)

1974: First Black quarterback for LSU (Carl Otis Trimble) [1974-76]

1974: First female Boyd professor (Mary L. Good, Chemistry)

1975: First Black volleyball and women's basket player (Joanette Batiste Boutte)

1975: First Black cheerleaders (Ladeta Crowley, Herman Harris and David Verdun)

1976: First Black LSU female tenured professor (Christine Minor)

1978: First female to acquire an administrative-level position that was not based in the department of home economics [Associate Dean of the Graduate School] (Carolyn Hargrave)

1978: First Black softball players (Myra Burrell Brown and Paula Edwards)

1978: First Black femal tennis player (Kyle Copeland Muse)

1980: First Black Golden Girls (Paula Jackson and Saundra Mims)

1980: First Black female gymnast (Debra Ross)

1989: First Black (male or female) LSU dean of an academic college (Carolyn Collins)

1990: First Black female president of the LSU Union Governing Board and Programming Council (Nicole Moliere)

1991: First Black crowned LSU Homecoming Queen (Reneé Boutte Myer)

1991: Minority Services is established (In 1993, it becomes the Office of Multicultural Affairs)

1993: Establishment of the LSU African American Cultural Center

1995: Establishment of the LSU Women’s Center

1998: First female dean of the College of Education (Barbara S. Fuhrman)

1998: International Programs is established

1999: The LSU Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) forms

1999: First Vice Provost of Campus Diversity is appointed (Gregory Vincent)

2000: First Black LSU Boyd Professor is named by the LSU System (Isiah Warner)

2000: First Black female soccer players (Fallon Buckner and Somalia Lindsay)

2000: Safe Space Campaign begins

2001: Office of Strategic Initiatives forms

2002: First Black female Corp Commander for the LSU Corp of Cadets (Daphne LaSalle)

2002: First Black (male or female) British Marshall Scholar at LSU (Ebony Spikes)

2004: First Black Women's Basketball Head Coach (Dana "Pokey" Chatman)

2004: First Black Miss LSU-USA (Courtney Rawls)

2005: QBiEquity forms 

2006: First Black (male or female) to complete the LSU MBA/JD joint program (Natasha U. Francis)

2006: Black Faculty Association forms

2007: First LSU student to be named as a Morris K. Udall Scholar (Nita Anne Clark)

2008: First Black Men's Basketball Head Coach (Trent Johnson)

2008: First Black Dean of the E.J. Ourso College of Business (Eli Jones)

2009: First LSU student to receive a bachelor's degree in coastal environmental science (Nita Anne Clark)