- Associated Press - Friday, April 11, 2014

NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) - Northwestern State University President Randall Webb says he plans to retire later this year.

The Town Talk reported (https://townta.lk/1qoIYI3 ) Webb made the announcement on Friday.

Webb has served as the university’s president since 1996. He said his formal retirement date will be tied to the selection of his replacement and a suitable period for a transition.

In a statement, University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley praised Webb’s years at Northwestern State.

“The board and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to Dr. Webb for his commitment and service. Randy and Brenda Webb have both given so much of themselves over the past decades to Northwestern State and the Natchitoches community. Their contributions will long be remembered,” Woodley said.



Under Webb’s leadership, Northwestern State received national and international attention for its academic programs and student accomplishments. University facilities have been renovated, and two capital campaigns set fundraising records for Northwestern State.

Webb also led the push for higher admissions standards at the university.

During his tenure, the university established an electronic education and distance-learning network. Northwestern State now offers courses and 34 accredited degree programs through Internet and compressed video.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, https://www.thetowntalk.com

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