Dr. Chris Maggio named interim Vice President for the Student Experience.

Chris MaggioDr. Chris Maggio has been named interim vice president for the student experience at Northwestern State University. The appointment has been approved by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System and is effective July 1. Maggio will serve while a search is conducted to fill the position on a permanent basis.

Maggio will oversee the Offices of University Recruiting, Admissions and Financial Aid along with areas under the dean of students. For the past two years, Maggio has served as assistant vice president of external affairs for university advancement. He has been a staff member at Northwestern State since 1988. He was named Dean of Students and Assistant Provost for Student Success in 2007. Maggio was selected as Director of Alumni Affairs in 1999, Director of Alumni and Development in 2003 and Executive Director of the NSU Foundation in 2005.

Under Maggio’s leadership, the NSU Foundation completed its first capital campaign in Northwestern’s history, exceeding a campaign goal of $18.84 million and raising $31 million to support the university. He has also been a faculty member in the Department of Health and Human Performance for 19 years as an instructor, assistant professor and associate professor.

Maggio has co-authored publications on student achievement and retention, student media and student affairs for state and national professional publications. He has been a co-presenter at regional, state and national conferences on the university’s Summer Bridge program, advisor training, advising student media, student affairs and alumni affairs. Maggio has made numerous presentations about Northwestern State to a variety of local and regional groups.

During his career at NSU, Maggio also served as Director of Admissions and Recruiting and Director of Enrollment Services. He joined the staff at Northwestern State as women’s track and field coach.

Maggio, a 1985 summa cum laude graduate of Northwestern, earned his master’s of education at NSU.  He received a doctorate in developmental education from Grambling State University.

He is a member of the board of directors of Exchange Bank and Trust Company and is president of the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation Board. Maggio is a eucharistic minister at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He served as a member of the City of Natchitoches’ Recreation Commission and Economic Development Commission.

Maggio is a member of professional organizations including the Council of Advancement and Support of Education, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, SHAPE America, the Association of Louisiana Alumni Executives and Phi Delta Kappa International.