Dr. Chris Maggio will officially step into his appointment as Acting President of Northwestern State University Jan. 1.
“I look forward to continuing and expanding the interaction that I have maintained over the years with our outstanding and creative students,” he said as he prepares for the start of a new semester. “It’s extremely rewarding to see students succeed in the classroom and in numerous other activities that reflect their passions and talents.”
Maggio says he takes great pleasure in the academic achievements of NSU students and in their accomplishments in student government, Creative and Performing Arts, Athletics, academic competition in speech, debate, computer information systems, student research and numerous other activities that enrich their experience at the university.
“It will be especially exciting to collaborate and work more closely with the university’s extraordinary faculty and staff,” said Maggio. “The commitment of Northwestern’s faculty members to the academic success of students is exceptional and is the very foundation for the strength and stability of the university.”
Northwestern has dedicated, highly-skilled staff members in every facet of the school’s operations, and Maggio looks forward to working with them, striving to make the university even greater in the months ahead.
A major initiative during the Spring semester will be continuing preparations for a visit to the campus in March by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges. All universities must seek reaffirmation of accreditation every 10 years, and NSU’s reaffirmation visit will be in the spring semester.
“A number of faculty and staff members have been engaged in preparations for this visit for months now,” said Maggio. “They have paved the way for what we expect to be a very successful reaffirmation process.”
The university is also finalizing its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that focuses on its overall improvement. The plan will emphasize Experiential Learning through research and special projects, internships, artistic performances and other experiences that enhance educational opportunities for undergraduate students.
“I also plan to devote increased attention to capital projects and improvement of the physical plant on the main campus at Natchitoches and other campuses,” said Maggio. “Some are already under way, and others are in planning stages.”
Renovating Varnado Hall, which is a priority, because the university needs additional housing to continue growth in enrollment
A new coffee shop for the Shreveport campus
Maggio plans to lead discussions on the development of a new academic building to replace Kyser Hall, which has become inadequate to meet the university’s academic and technology needs.
In his two years as president of NSU Dr. Jim Henderson helped create an atmosphere of optimism and excitement through new and enhanced academic programs, expanded experiences for students, improvements in the physical plant and other advancements.
“Everyone associated with the university is indebted to him for his vision and energy in revitalizing the school,” said Maggio. “We look forward to working with him in his new role as president of the University of Louisiana System which governs NSU and eight other universities. Dr. Henderson was at the forefront of the development of a Strategic Plan here that focuses on Academic Excellence, Athletic Prominence, Market Responsiveness, the Student Experience, and Community Enrichment. That plan will serve as a blueprint for the university’s future growth and development. His goal was to make NSU the nation’s premier regional university, and I look forward to leading efforts with faculty and staff, students, alumni, business and industry, community partners and other stakeholders to achieve that goal.”