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Thomas C. Galligan Jr., Interim President, LSU

Thomas C. Galligan Jr.

Interim President, LSU

Thomas Galligan is an American lawyer, legal scholar, administrator and educator who is currently the Interim President of Louisiana State University. He served as the eighth president of Colby-Sawyer College and as dean and professor of law at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, where he taught torts and admiralty.

Galligan grew up in Montclair, New Jersey with the dream of becoming a lawyer.[4] He graduated from Montclair Kimberley Academy in 1973.

Prior to taking up administrative roles, Galligan taught at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center from 1986 until May 1998. There, he was named the Dr. Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law and was honored by the students as the Outstanding LSU Professor six times. He returned to LSU as the commencement speaker in 2006, while he was then president-elect at Colby-Sawyer College.

Galligan has published numerous books and articles on torts and admiralty. His scholarship has been cited in the proposed Restatement (Third) of Torts and by numerous legal scholars. Galligan's work has also been cited by the United States Supreme Court and other federal and state appellate and trial courts.