Northwestern State University’s Acting President Dr. Chris Maggio jumped into his leadership role at NSU with both feet, continuing to foster the growth and momentum the university has experienced in the last three years. Maggio is a fixture at campus activities and events, ballgames and performing arts programs, interacting with students, faculty and staff while advocating for NSU on higher education issues at the state level.
Last week, Maggio joined cadets from NSU’s ROTC program for their early morning 4-mile run through campus.
“I had the opportunity to address them after the run and I told them how much I appreciated all that they do, and how proud I am of them for how they represent our university,” he said. “They are our nation’s future leaders and I thanked them for choosing NSU and NSU Army ROTC. They do this every day. It was an honor for me to share their physical training run for just one day.”
Maggio has been acting president since Jan. 1, following the departure of Dr. Jim Henderson who accepted the position as head of the University of Louisiana System. Maggio will continue to guide the university during a presidential search that should conclude in May with leadership in place by July 1.
Maggio has been actively engaged in recruiting, traveling to schools and events all over the state, and his approachability resonates with current and prospective students.
Maggio is also overseeing growth with the campus itself, with a new driving range in the works and irrigation improvement underway at the Robert Wilson Recreation Complex, clean up initiatives and seawall repair on Chaplin’s Lake and improvements at the tennis courts. There have also been upgrades in Kyser Hall and in facilities at the Health and Human Performance Building.
The search committee for Northwestern State’s next president will receive nominations/applications and a list of candidates by the end of March. On April 3, the committee will meet to review applicant materials and select semifinalists. On-campus interviews will take place April 24-26 with finalists presented to the full board and interviews conducted on May 4, at which time the board may make a selection.