Northwestern president Dr. Randall Webb said the reorganization “is designed to focus increased emphasis and attention on the acquisition of private funds, recruitment of new students and student retention and services.”
He said, “As state funding for higher education continues to decline, it is imperative to expand self-generated revenues through private funds and increased tuition revenues. Dr. Maggio has extensive expertise and experience in both student recruitment and fund development.”
Webb added, “Retention of current students through outstanding services and programs that enhance student life is also essential in maintaining and increasing enrollment, and this reorganization plan reflects the importance of student services.”
The NSU president said, “Mrs. Conine has been at the forefront for years of initiatives to provide effective, meaningful services to students, and this plan sharpens and magnifies the focus on those efforts.”
Under the realignment that is pending approval of the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, Maggio will assume the responsibilities of the Director of University Advancement and maintain the duties of directing student recruitment that he held in his previous position as Assistant Provost and Dean of Students.
Brad Laird, who has served as Director of Advancement over alumni and development activities, resigned recently to become head football coach at Ruston High School, his alma mater.
Responsibilities for student services and activities that Maggio held as Assistant Provost and Dean of Students will be assumed by Mrs. Conine and others in the student affairs area of the university.
Webb said, “This new alignment that consolidates, combines and reassigns responsibilities of Dr. Maggio, Mrs. Conine and others in External Affairs and Student Affairs will result in overall personnel savings for the university while refining services and relationships with current and prospective students, alumni and prospective donors.”
Maggio has been a staff member at Northwestern State since 1988. He was named Dean of Students and Assistant Provost for Student Success in 2007. Maggio was selected as Director of Alumni Affairs in 1999, Director of Alumni and Development in 2003 and Executive Director of the NSU Foundation in 2005.
Under Maggio’s leadership, the NSU Foundation completed its first capital campaign in Northwestern’s history, exceeding a campaign goal of $18.84 million and raising $31 million to support the university. He has also been a faculty member in the Department of Health and Human Performance for 11 years.
During his career at NSU, Maggio also served as Director of Admissions and Recruiting and Director of Enrollment Services. He joined the staff at Northwestern State as women’s track and field coach.
Maggio, a 1985 graduate of Northwestern, earned his master’s of education at NSU. He received a doctorate in developmental education from Grambling State University.
Conine has been at Northwestern State since 1981, serving as Coordinator of the College Success Program and Educational Coordinator of NSU’s Central Louisiana programs from 1986 to 1989. She was Director of Counseling and Career Services from 1989 to 1998, Director of Student Services and Judicial Affairs from 1998 to 2011. Two years ago, Conine was named Executive Director of Student Development and Student Conduct. She has been a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Development since 1996.
In 2004-05, Conine was selected as President of the Louisiana Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators. She received the Air National Guard Center of Influence Award in 2010 for her influence on a member of the guard or their family during a deployment.
Conine received a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Auburn University and a master’s of education from Delta State University.