Willson Named Worley Professor of Excellence

by Todd Politz | Director of Digital Media
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Willson Named Worley Professor of Excellence

BATON ROUGE – Clinton Willson, Mike N. Dooley, PE Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering, has been named a recipient of the 2019 Worley Professor of Excellence Award, which is presented by Worley and LSU’s Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.

Dr. Willson was recognized during the LSU vs. Arkansas football game on Saturday, Nov. 23.

“I am very honored to receive the 2019 Worley Professor of Excellence Award,” said Dr. Willson. “I love the passion that so many of our LSU students, staff and faculty bring to the classroom, research and administration. What is particularly exciting and makes my job so much fun is how much our students love this state and really want to improve our communities, infrastructure and way of life.”

Dr. Willson serves as the Director of the LSU Center for River Studies, which is a collaborative partnership with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. The Center houses a large, physical model of the lower 190 miles of the Mississippi River and an extensive education and outreach exhibit hall. 

As an LSU East Campus Faculty-in-Residence, Clint and his family host programs and events to help LSU on-campus students make connections, navigate their way through LSU, and develop a sense of belonging to a community. Dr. Willson has also served as the advisor or co-advisor for 39 MS or PhD graduates and currently has 14 graduate students working in his research group.

“On behalf of Worley, I would like to congratulate Dr. Willson as the Worley Professor of Excellence at LSU,” said Michael Authement, Worley Sr. Vice President of Operations – US Gulf Coast. “At Worley, we support higher education must continue to foster the next generation of problem solvers. Dr. Willson’s commitment to the engineering field and connecting the student community are important to developing the leaders of tomorrow.” 

“It was an honor to spend time with Dr. Willson, and recognize him as a difference maker and steward of excellence,” said Walt Holliday, Director of Academic Affairs Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes. “Dr. Willson’s fusion of teaching, research and service continues to help LSU meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.”

“We appreciate Worley not only as a long standing partner of LSU Athletics but an organization that promotes the accomplishments of the LSU Faculty,” said Lance Burgos, general manager of LSU Sports Properties. “Congratulations to Dr. Clinton Willson, who greatly deserves this recognition for all he does for the students and community in and out of the classroom.”