Marcus Jones Becomes First Black President in Northwestern State University History

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Marcus Jones will take permanent role as president after serving as the school’s interim president since July 2021.

Louisiana’s Northwestern State University announced its first Black president, Marcus Jones, on Monday, according to WBRZ. 

After working for the university as a business law and international business professor for two decades, Jones was unanimously selected as the 20th president of the university and its 10,000 students’ population by the University of Louisiana Board System’s Board of Supervisors. 

“Marcus is an authentic leader of character, integrity and vision. His familiarity with the community, his passion for student success and his commitment to excellence will advance our alma mater for the next generation,” UL System President Jim Henderson said in a statement. 

In addition to teaching, Jones worked as the vice president of university affairs, executive vice president for university and business affairs and interim president since July 2021.   

“Northwestern is home to me. I know Northwestern and Northwestern knows me,” Jones said. 

He is a native of Winnfield and was one of the two finalists being reviewed by the president selection committee. The new president holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, master’s degree from Grambling State University and a juris doctorate from Southern University.  

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“Mr. Jones is a testament to Louisiana’s higher education institutions. Mr. Jones has served the NSU community for many years, and I have no doubt he will continue to succeed in his new role,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement, congratulating the new president. 

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