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Northwestern State University Presidential Search

Northwestern State University is a responsive, student-oriented institution committed to acquiring, creating, and disseminating knowledge through innovative teaching, research, and service. With its certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs, Northwestern State University prepares its increasingly diverse student population to contribute to an inclusive global community with a steadfast dedication to improving our region, state, and nation. The university is seeking candidates for its next president.

Upcoming Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 14
Committee to meet in Baton Rouge to review applications and select semi-finalists to interview publicly

Meet the 2021 Northwestern Presidential Search Committee

The Northwestern Presidential Search Committee is a group of UL System Board of Supervisors and Northwestern community members responsible for recommending finalists.
The finalists will ultimately be interviewed and a president selected by the full UL System Board of Supervisors.

Dr. Jim Henderson, Chair (non-voting)

UL System President and CEO

James Carter

UL System Board Chair

Liz Pierre

UL System Board Vice Chair

Dr. Jimmy Clarke

UL System Board Parliamentarian

L'Oreal Williams

UL System Student Board Member

Barry Busda

UL System Board Member

Lola Dunahoe

UL System Board Member

Alejandro Perkins

UL System Board Member

Joe Salter

UL System Board Member

Dr. John Dunn

NSU Faculty Senate President

Bill Brent (non-voting)

Retired Dean of NSU Creative & Performing Arts

Dr. Nikki Ceaser-Small (non-voting)

NSU Alumni Association

Tja'h Edwards (non-voting)

NSU SGA President

Patricia Hrapmann (non-voting)

NSU Alumni Association President

Mike Knotts (non-voting)

NSU Foundation

John Manno, Jr. (non-voting)

NSU Foundation President

Applications and Nominations

The Presidential Search Committee will accept letters of interest, résumés, and nominations until the position is filled. For best consideration, letters of interest in the position and résumés should be provided by Oct. 8, 2021. Information can be submitted via mail or electronically to:
Mr. James Carter, Chair
Board of Supervisors University of Louisiana System
1201 North Third Street, Suite 7-300
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Telephone: (225) 342-6950
Facsimile: (225) 342-6473
[email protected]

Initial Search Committee Meeting




Presidential Search Resources


All comments regarding the presidential search are being collected at the form linked below. Please note that a comment may remain anonymous.


The search committee voted to approve the timeline on Aug. 24.


The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System invites letters of interest, resumes, and nominations for the position of president of Northwestern State University.

Charge to the Search Committee

The Search Committee voted to accept its charge Aug. 24.

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