By Brooke Shirley
The NPJ sat down with NSU’s 19th President, Dr. Chris Maggio, just before his investiture ceremony Sept. 15. Maggio expressed his excitement over continuing to grow with Northwestern State University as its new president.
Q: What is one thing you want to accomplish during your tenure?
A: Well, I think first and foremost, I want to show the world what we have at Northwestern State University. We have a world class university situated right here in Northwest Louisiana with excellence in education, nursing, creative and performance arts, science and technology, and liberal arts. You can tell by the momentum that we’ve experienced over the last several years the amount growth of Northwestern on campus here in Natchitoches. Also in our online education because folks are learning about Northwestern and we are very proud of what we have to offer. I’m also proud of the world class faculty we have to deliver the education at the university.
Q: What is your vision and time frame for any infrastructure repair to Northwestern’s campus?
A: We’ve experienced growth over the last several years and thats very exciting! This year is our largest class of enrollment at the university with 10,572 students. We want to continue to grow and we’re aware of the infrastructure needs for that growth to continue. We want to grow in all facets of the university. If we’re going to grow with our face to face students here on the Natchitoches campus, we’re going to need some additional housing. We’ve started the ground work for the framework to provide additional housing.
Q: Do you think we’ll see a return of the college of journalism?
A: Yeah, we’ve actually rebranded our school of journalism. We’ve actually started back and its called New Media under Communications. It was one of our areas of excellence for many years so we are glad to not only bring the School of Journalism back, but to modernize it. We can now focus on not just the traditional journalism, but also broadcast journalism and social media.
Q: What do you attribute this years record enrollment to?
A: Well, I think its a lot of things. I think it’s the Northwestern family which includes the wonderful students, faculty and staff, and alumni. I also want to give credit to Dr. Henderson who is my predecessor of the university. He really set a great tone and a vision for our university.