Pennington leader stepping down
BATON ROUGE - Dr. Steven Heymsfield, executive director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, is stepping down from his position after three years to pursue his research interests full time.
LSU System President William Jenkins announced that Dr. William T. Cefalu will be recommended to take over the position on Friday at the LSU Board of Supervisors meeting.
Heymsfield is expected to remain on Pennington's faculty.
Heymsfield has been recognized within the biomedical industry for refocusing Pennington on chronic disease prevention and on major health issues.
Cefalu, a Louisiana native, is regarded as one of the 25-year-old institution's most successful researchers for his prowess over the past 10 years in bringing in more than $35 million in grants.