The Northwestern State University Search Committee selected two finalists, Chris Maggio and William Wainwright, to present to the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System for consideration. The Board will meet May 4 in Baton Rouge to interview the finalists and select a president.

“We had a productive two days introducing and, in some cases, reintroducing Northwestern State University to three qualified semifinalists, UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson said. “The Board has a tough choice ahead of it. Our two finalists have roots at Northwestern and both are capable of leading this institution into a bright future.”

The Committee considered three semifinalists during a two-day process that included student, faculty, staff and community meetings on Tuesday and interviews today.

“It was an honor to serve on the presidential search committee and I am proud of the finalists we chose to present to the Board,” Student Government President John Pearce said. “We chose student-minded candidates who can build on Northwestern’s positive trajectory.”

Voting members of the search committee include UL System board members Edward Crawford, Lola Dunahoe, Pam Egan, Jimmie Martin, Shawn Murphy, Alejandro Perkins, Mark Romero, Winfred Sibille and Student Board Member Antonio Torres. Also serving as a voting member is NSU Faculty Senate President Marcia Hardy.

Serving as advisory, non-voting members are NSU Student Government Association President John Pearce, NSU Foundation President Scott Andrews, NSU Alumni Association President Monty Chicola and community member Gail Jones. UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson serves as the non-voting committee chair.

UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson led NSU prior to beginning his new role in January. Finalist Chris Maggio is serving as the university’s acting president.


  1. I attended Northwestern State with Chris Maggio as an undergraduate, and I have remained active as an Alumni and N Club Member for many years. I humbly feel Chris is well-deserving of the position and will advance NSU with his born leadership as he has exemplified in the past forty (40) years.

    Best of luck to you, Chris!

  2. Chris Maggio exemplifies everything that is great about NSU, he has been an advocate for the university since day one. Husband & I both alums as well as many family members who say Dr. Chris Maggio is the best man for the job and will do great things for NSU!

  3. Chris Maggio has been involved with Northwestern State University a large portion of his life. He has been a positive force in the community since he was a teenager. I hope the committee will recognize the fact that he and his family have promoted Northwestern State University and Natchitoches for many years.
    Good luck Chris.

  4. Chris Maggio is our pick for NSU new president. He has always been an advocate for students. Joe and I are graduates of NSU as are our two daughters, and a grandson. Currently, we have two grandsons attending the university. Chris is an outstanding individual, educator, motivator, and friend. Go Chris and go NSU.

  5. I believed Chris should have been the President all along! He’s a fine example for Demon’s to follow and has been since College days. Fork “em Demons! President Maggio all the way!

  6. There is no one better for NSU THAN Chris Maggio. He is a born leader, loves Northwestern, puts the students first and will continue to grow NSU for future generations. I was at NSU with Chris as an undergraduate and he was the first person my daughter met when she made her choice to attend Northwestern. My vote…..CHRIS MAGGIO!!!

  7. Went to NSU with Chris and saw his leadership ability firsthand. He is the man for the job. Chris Maggio is the face of NSU!

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