- Associated Press - Thursday, May 8, 2014

NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) - Northwestern State University could have a new president selected as early as Sept. 22.

The NSU Presidential Search Committee held its first meeting on the Natchitoches campus Wednesday, setting a framework and timeline for the process of finding a replacement for Randall J. Webb, who announced on April 11 that he would retire later this year.

Webb has served as NSU’s president since 1996. In July, he will become the university’s longest-serving president, surpassing Victor L. Roy, who was president from 1911 to 1929.

The Town Talk reports (https://townta.lk/RqjZYK ) the committee intends to hire an independent search firm, which is standard for the University of Louisiana System, as early as this month. The firm will accept, review and vet applications for the committee. They will become public upon receipt by the committee.

The firm will not only advertise for applicants, but actively encourage people to apply for the position, non-voting chairman and ULS President Sandra Woodley said.



Woodley stressed that the timeline is tentative. The system will advertise for a firm this month and, if requests for proposals are not needed, one could be hired in May, she said. But if the cost surpasses $50,000 and requires requests for proposals, it could delay the timeline.

The committee approved an ad that will reflect a list of desired qualifications the committee provided - like having a doctorate degree and senior experience at an institution of higher education - as well as those gathered from public comments at the meeting.

“It’s just a foundation,” Woodley said. “We’ll build on this.”

An updated list and ad will be available on the NSU presidential search section of the ULS website.

“It’s important to us that the process is open and transparent,” Woodley said. “It’s very important to us to hear from you.”

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

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