ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — The man in charge of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service has been named interim chancellor for Louisiana State University's Alexandria campus.

Paul Coreil has been with the LSU AgCenter more than 34 years, 12 as vice chancellor and extension service director. He announced in December that he plans to retire in September.

Alexandria Chancellor David Manuel will leave the campus May 1 to become president of Drury University.

LSU Interim President William Jenkins says Coreil will run LSU-Alexandria until a permanent chancellor is named.

He describes Coreil as a proven leader who made the AgCenter's extension and outreach effort a great success and is the ideal person to lead the Alexandria campus during a critical time.

LSU-Alexandria offers eleven bachelor's degree programs and six associate degree programs.