The Northwestern State University Search Committee selected two finalists, Chris Maggio and William Wainwright, to present to the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System for consideration. The Board will meet May 4 in Baton Rouge to interview the finalists and select a president.
“We had a productive two days introducing and, in some cases, reintroducing Northwestern State University to three qualified semifinalists,” UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson said. “The Board has a tough choice ahead of it. Our two finalists have roots at Northwestern and both are capable of leading this institution into a bright future.”

The Committee considered three semifinalists during a two-day process that included student, faculty, staff and community meetings on Tuesday and interviews today.

“It was an honor to serve on the presidential search committee and I am proud of the finalists we chose to present to the Board,” Student Government President John Pearce said. “We chose student-minded candidates who can build on Northwestern’s positive trajectory.”

Voting members of the search committee include UL System board members Edward Crawford, Lola Dunahoe, Pam Egan, Jimmie Martin, Shawn Murphy, Alejandro Perkins, Mark Romero, Winfred Sibille and Student Board Member Antonio Torres. Also serving as a voting member is NSU Faculty Senate President Marcia Hardy.  

Serving as advisory, non-voting members are NSU Student Government Association President John Pearce, NSU Foundation President Scott Andrews, NSU Alumni Association President Monty Chicola and community member Gail Jones. UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson serves as the non-voting committee chair.

UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson led NSU prior to beginning his new role in January. Finalist Chris Maggio is serving as the university’s acting president.
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Photos of finalists:

Chris Maggio

William Wainwright