University President

The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of President of McNeese State University. The appointment for this executive position will occur in Summer 2024 or earlier.

Established in 1939, McNeese State University holds the distinction of being categorized as an SREB Four-Year 3 institution, a Carnegie Master’s College and University (larger programs), and a SACSCOC Level V institution. The University is dedicated to addressing state and national educational needs through a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Serving over 6,000 students, McNeese State University offers 50 degree programs across various disciplines, including the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences; Business; Education; Liberal Arts; Nursing and Health Professions; Science, Engineering, and Mathematics; and the William J. Doré, Sr. School of Graduate Studies.

Located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the oak-shaded campus spans across 608 acres and features 77 buildings. Among these structures stands the historic Francis G. Bulber Auditorium, an original building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This institution is dedicated to delivering a comprehensive and enriching educational experience within its distinctive and storied campus environment.

The Board and University are seeking a President who will be a visionary, entrepreneurial leader who has exhibited both academic and senior administrative success; is committed to fundraising, economic development, and community relations; and is student-centered. Further, the President should empower others through transparent communication, collaborative management, and shared governance. Those holding an earned doctorate and having a background in higher education administration are preferred.  Management experience in other fields will also be considered. 

The Presidential Search Committee will accept letters of interest, résumés, and nominations until the position is filled. For best consideration, letters of interest in the position and résumés should be provided by March 22, 2024.  Information should be submitted electronically to:

Dr. Jimmy Clarke, Chair

Board of Supervisors

University of Louisiana System

1201 North Third Street, Suite 7-300

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Telephone: (225) 342-6950

For more information and desired qualifications, see the website at: or email questions or comments to

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