EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Marcus Jones speaks on his vision, goals for Northwestern State University

Marcus Jones, new president of NSU.
Marcus Jones, new president of NSU.(KSLA)
Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 3:37 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 9, 2021 at 10:17 PM CST
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NATCHITOCHES, La. (KSLA) - The University of Louisiana System announced Monday, Nov. 8 that Marcus Jones will be the 20th president of Northwestern State University. He will also become the first Black president in the university’s history.

Jones will transition from serving as the college’s interim president to holding the official title Nov. 15, which also happens to be his birthday.

He says he has big plans for the university. In an exclusive interview with KSLA News 12, Jones said he wants to expand the school’s offerings in the area of education and create more opportunities for students to go abroad.

“We’ve already started some things. And I spoke about the expansion of our international footprint; I want to expand that,” he said. “And I want to continue to reach out ... to figure out how we can partner with business and industry more ... to make sure our students are graduating with necessary skill sets.”

Jones said he is coming back to a place he calls home.

“Northwestern opened its doors to me when I was 17, and I left a large family of 19 siblings and came to an even larger of several thousand,” he continued.

Jones got a stamp of approval from University of Louisiana System President and CEO Jim Henderson.

“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,” said Henderson, who is a former NSU president himself.

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