Northwestern State University Presidential Search Committee to meet July 8 to select semi-finalists

July 3, 2024 – The committee tasked with leading the search for a new Northwestern State University (NSU) president will meet on Monday, July 8, at 11 a.m. in Baton Rouge to review applications and select semi-finalists. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the Louisiana Purchase Room of the W.C.C. Claiborne Building, located at 1201 N 3rd St, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802.

Following Dr. Marcus Jones’ acceptance of the invitation to rejoin the System as executive vice president and chief operating officer, the University of Louisiana System immediately initiated the search for a new president to facilitate a seamless transition for both Dr. Jones and the incoming president and ensure minimal disruption ahead of the fall 2024 semester.

“We are looking forward to the next step of this process in identifying NSU’s next president,” said Rick Gallot, UL System president. “We are impressed with the caliber of applicants interested in this prestigious role and are confident that the committee will recommend the best leader for NSU from this pool of qualified candidates.”

The names, cover letters, and resumes of the candidates for the NSU presidency are available here.

In-person interviews are scheduled for July 15-16 on NSU’s campus. The UL System Board of Supervisors will interview finalists and select a new president on July 18.

“This thorough search process has yielded a robust slate of highly qualified candidates that reinforce our approach to identifying our next NSU president,” said Mark Romero, Board Chair of the University of Louisiana System. “We have sought to take full advantage of the quieter summer months in academia to focus our efforts and the NSU community’s attention on this search, and then shift our attention to other priorities leading into the fall semester. We look forward to welcoming NSU’s next president as we kick off the 2024 academic year.”

For further details on the NSU search, including the search committee, timelines, and agendas, see here.

Questions and comments can be submitted here.


About the UL System: The University of Louisiana System, one of the nation’s largest higher education systems, serves over 82,000 students across nine institutions: Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and the University of New Orleans. The System offers various educational opportunities and provides high-quality, cost-efficient education to thousands of Louisiana families.