Three Additional Applicants Increase Number of Southeastern President Candidates’ Pool to 11

BATON ROUGE, La. –Three additional candidates have applied for the position of president of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, bringing the total number of applicants to 11.

The applicants are:
  • Nick J. Bruno, Vice President for Business and Finance for the University of Louisiana System.
  • John F. Garmon, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Academic Support Services at Dhofar University, Salalah, Sultanate of Oman.
  • Gerard Voland, Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science at Indiana University -Purdue University Fort Wayne.
The full resumes and cover letters for each applicant are available at

“As expected, this search has attracted some excellent candidates so far, which speaks well for Southeastern, its region and the people who live and work there,” said UL System President Randy Moffett, non-voting chair of the search committee.

Voting members of the 10-member committee include UL System Board Members Andre Coudrain of Hammond, Elsie Burkhalter of Slidell, Russell Mosely of Baton Rouge, Wayne Parker of Ruston, Winfred Sibille of Sunset, and Student Board Member Morgan Verrette of Lake Charles. Also serving as a voting member is Southeastern Faculty Senate Representative Joseph Burns.

Serving in a non-voting, advisory capacity are Southeastern Student Government Association President Zealon Solomon and community representative Daryl Ferrara who was selected by the Hammond Chamber of Commerce.

The committee is expected to meet in January to consider applicants. The national advertisements stated a preferred application deadline of December 15, but Moffett said, considering the holidays and university schedules, it is likely that there will be some applications submitted well into January.

After naming a final cadre of candidates, the committee will hold public interviews on the Southeastern campus. The UL System’s goal is to name a new president by mid-spring.

With more than 15,000 students, Southeastern is Louisiana’s third largest public university. The university was recently named “a great college to work for” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Since 1990, Southeastern has been one of the fastest growing universities in the state, with an enrollment growth that has exceeded the state average. At the same time, the university increased admission requirements and its regional and statewide profile. This fall, the percentage of incoming freshmen with an ACT of 24 or above increased 19 percent.

The university is a catalyst for economic development along I-12, playing a central role in workforce development, strategic partnerships, the generation and transfer of ideas and technology and enhancing the quality of life in communities throughout the region.

For more information about the Southeastern search, including the advertisement placed in local and national publications and an independent review of the Southeastern campus, visit the UL System’s website at and click on the Southeastern search icon.