Dr. Randall J. Webb of Natchitoches is currently in his 10th year as President of Northwestern. During his tenure, Northwestern has gained unprecedented state and national attention for its achievements in academic and athletic programming. New academic programs have been created including bachelor’s programs in criminal justice, heritage resources, electronics engineering technology and theatre, along with a bachelor’s in Liberal Arts in the Louisiana Scholars’ College. A new graduate program in Heritage Resources is in its second year.

Under Webb’s leadership, Northwestern has been a pioneer in distance learning, which includes classes offered by Internet and compressed video. Ten degree programs are available electronically and several hundred students take exclusively electronic classes. Webb has overseen several major renovations and construction projects, including the renovation of Russell Hall, Morrison Hall and the Family and Consumer Sciences Building, and construction of the $8.3 million Wellness, Recreation and Activities Center and a new 392-bed residence facility. Webb also initiated the university’s first Capital Campaign, raising $27.77 million in donations to fund scholarships, endowed professorships, endowed chairs, faculty research, the Athletic Department and university facilities.

Webb earned degrees in mathematics and business education at Northwestern in 1965 and a master’s in Mathematics in 1966. He taught mathematics as a graduate assistant and as a faculty member at Northwestern before earning a doctorate with concentrations in mathematics and research at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1971.

After serving in administrative capacities at other universities for several years, Webb returned to Northwestern as Dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies in 1989 and in 1996 was elevated to the Office of President. NSU’s scope includes delivery of instruction and services on the main campus in Natchitoches and at satellite campuses in Alexandria, Shreveport, Leesville/Fort Polk and at numerous off-site locations across central Louisiana.