By Ashley French
Article republished courtesy of KNWD News
Acting university president Chris Maggio will apply to become the next permanent president of Northwestern State University.
Maggio has 30 years of experience at NSU. He has dedicated his work and leadership potential to the Dean of Students, the Offices of Admissions, Recruiting, Financial Aid, Student Activities and Organizations, First Year Experience, Leadership Development and many other organizations.
Dean of Students, Frances Conine, believes Dr. Maggio is the perfect fit to become permanent president of the university.
“I don’t know anyone who loves Northwestern more than Dr. Maggio. I don’t know anyone who works harder than him,” Conine said. “I think he has good leadership qualities. As a proven leader and as vice president, he knows what that job description is and knows what it takes to move into that leadership position.”
Students in the Student Government Association will take part on the Board of Directors’ Committee to review all candidates’ quality, traits, and ideas for the university.
SGA President John Pearce is in full support of Dr. Maggio potentially becoming the permanent president.
“I think it would be great if Dr. Maggio became president of the university. He knows how the school and town function together. He has great ideas for the future and he is able to relate to any student he meets,” Pearce said.
“He’s one of the main reasons why I came to NSU, and I think he would do nothing but great things for the school,” he said.
According to http://www.ulsystem.net, the search of a new president goes by a committee called the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System. The Board of Directors have a committee on their Board that includes faculty senate, the Student Government Association and community members. Members on the committee will be voters and some non-voters partaking in the selection of a permanent president.
“It’s important through the process to listen to a lot of the open forums, giving the students the opportunity to come listen to these forums to voice their options on the qualities they want to see in a president to represent this university,” said Maggio.
Although students can voice their opinions and attend open meetings, the votes will come from the committee.
Maggio’s goals and desires for the university are to continue on the valuable traditions in leadership and academic success Northwestern carries. As one of the applicants to become the permanent president of the university, Dr. Maggio will work extremely hard as a candidate to be selected for the job.
“My passion is working with students,” Maggio said. “It keeps me alive and motivated. I’m going to be a good listener and try to learn some new things and at the end of the day I hope to become permanent president for many years to come.”
Maggio expresses his support for whoever may be the next permanent president if he’s not selected.
“If I’m not chosen, I will support the new president, whoever he or she is. I’m going to be their right hand and help them succeed,” he said. “It’s not only about one person; it’s about the university that we all love so much and it’s about this office that is very important.”
A Presidential Search public forum will be held Thursday, March 9 at 1 pm in Magali Recital Hall. The public is invited to attend.