Presidential candidates to visit campus


Graphic by China Brown

Nancy Albers, Virginia Burkett, Marcus Jones, Darrell Kruger, Kim LeDuff, Jeremy Thomas, the six semifinalists in the running to become the 20th President of Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

The six remaining candidates for president of Northwestern State University of Louisiana will be on the Natchitoches campus Monday and Tuesday to be interviewed by members of the university community.

Following the public interviews held throughout the campus, the presidential search committee will hold private interviews with each candidate.

“This process is designed to allow you the opportunity to hear from the candidates and ask questions about any areas of interest or concern,” said Jim Henderson, president and CEO of the University of Louisiana System.

The public interviews will be spread throughout the day beginning at 7:30 a.m. and concluding after 4:30p.m., with the meetings taking place mostly at the same times. The full interview schedule can be found here.

“We understand your schedule may not allow you to attend all six constituency meetings,” said Henderson.

Henderson explained that video introductions of each semifinalist have been posted here, alongside each candidate’s CV and letter of interest.

“As you know, this institution is dear to my family and me, and the selection of a new president fills all of us with both excitement and angst,” said Henderson, a former president of NSU.

Included in the on-campus interviews will be faculty meetings in the Natchitoches room, staff meetings in Theatre West, student leaders meetings in the TV Studio, community leaders and alumni meetings in the middle lab auditorium and search committee interviews in Magale Recital Hall.

The search committee will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to select the finalists. The new president of NSU will be announced on Nov. 8.

“As an administrator, I keep my center focused on student success and preparation,” said Nancy Albers.

“The university’s strategic planning has focused in recent years on becoming the best regional university in the nation,” said Marcus Jones. “By working together with business and industry, alumni, government and political leaders, and other educational entities, that plan can become a reality.”

“Inclusive excellence is a deep seeded anchor value for me,” said Darrell Kruger.