NSU President Jim Henderson released the following statement to faculty and staff concerning a potentially huge change in leadership at the university depending on the decision made at a board meeting in Baton Rouge Tuesday.
Dear NSU Faculty and Staff:
This morning it was announced that I have been recommended by a search committee of the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System to become president of that system which governs Northwestern and eight other schools in the state. That recommendation will be considered by the full board at a meeting Thursday in Baton Rouge. I have agreed to accept the presidency if the board approves my nomination.
This is to let you know that one of my highest priorities, if elected, would be to assist in every way possible in making this a positive and beneficial transition for Northwestern that would help assure the continued progress and momentum of the university that we all cherish.
It is impossible for me to adequately express to each of you my appreciation for the role that you have played in creating this possibility for me to assume a position of expanded involvement in shaping the future of Northwestern and other schools in the University of Louisiana System. This university has extremely capable and gifted faculty and staff members. Your commitment over the past 21 months to raising Northwestern to higher levels of achievement and excellence helped create the recognition and attention that resulted in my nomination to this position. We are attracting and retaining students that are enhancing the reputation and image of the university. The loyalty and enthusiasm of our students and their support of the university was another factor in the board’s interest in perhaps having me involved in the leadership of the system.
Northwestern, as I have stated many times, is blessed with some of the most knowledgeable and creative people in higher education in Louisiana and far beyond. The vast pool of talent and energy here will ensure the continued success of our school and my alma mater regardless of who is serving as president. Our students now and in the future will continue to benefit from your talents and commitment to excellence. My continual and extensive interaction with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others has made serving as Northwestern’s president an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Those relationships will continue whether I am here or in another position.
If the board selects me to serve as system president, that would provide additional energy in our mutual efforts to improve and enrich Northwestern, just as we should work to make every university in Louisiana as strong and effective as possible. In this time of immense challenge and limitless opportunity for higher education, effective leadership for the universities of Louisiana at the system level is paramount.
Thank you for your ongoing support and assistance and for making our association with Northwestern, whether it continues as it is or in a different capacity, so gratifying and enjoyable for me, Tonia, and our family.
Sincerely and Fork ‘em Demons!