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Northwestern State President Chosen to Lead University of Louisiana System

BATON ROUGE, La. ― The University of Louisiana System has a new president, chosen from the leadership within its own campus ranks.

James Henderson, president of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, was tapped Thursday by the UL System Board of Supervisors to take over management of the entire system. His appointment was approved unanimously by board members.

Henderson was the only candidate forwarded to the full board for an interview by its search committee. He’ll fill the job that Sandra Woodley left in December, leading the largest higher education system in Louisiana, with nearly 89,000 students across nine universities.

His tenure as system president will begin Jan. 1. His salary wasn’t immediately set, with the terms of employment still to be negotiated.

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