NATCHITOCHES, La. – The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System has named Dr. Chris Maggio president of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.

Dr. Chris Maggio and his wife Jennifer after being named president of NSU (photo Darlene Williams)

Maggio has worked at Northwestern for close to 30 years, most recently serving as acting president. During his tenure his roles have included work in athletics, alumni relations and student affairs. He becomes the university’s 19th president.

“I’ve given my professional life to Northwestern and it has been a joy to come to work every day,” Maggio said. “It is an honor to take the role as president full time and I look forward to collaborating with students, faculty and staff to ensure the university continues on its positive trajectory.”

Maggio has been a big supporter of the Wuerffel Trophy, even though as a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Northwestern State is currently not able to participate with nominees in the award.

In 2016, Maggio led an effort to have the Wuerffel Trophy and 2005 recipient Rudy Niswanger of LSU come to campus to present the award to Demon athletes, along with a reception at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

“I am so glad to see the growth and recognition of the award. ┬áThis award should be the highest honor that a college athlete should strive for,” Maggio said.