Chris Maggio

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Joseph Christopher
"Chris" Maggio

Assumed office 
May 4, 2017 (investiture September 15, 2017)
Preceded by James B. Henderson

Born June 18, 1964
Resident of Natchitoches, Louisiana
Political party Republican[1]
Spouse(s) Jennifer Zeagler Maggio
Children Melanie, Scott, and Emily Maggio
Alma mater Northwestern State University

Grambling State University

Occupation Educational administrator
Religion Roman Catholic

Joseph Christopher Maggio, known as Chris Maggio (born June 18, 1964),[1][2] has been since 2017 the 19th president of his alma mater, Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

The choice of a national presidential search, Maggio assumed his duties on May 4, 2017, four months before his formal investitute on September 15, He succeeded the two-year presidrnt James B. Henderson, who became chancellor of the University of Louisiana System, based in Baton Rouge.. When selected as president, he had been a university vice president from 2013 to 2015. He obtained bachelor's and master's degrees from NSU and a doctorate in developmental education from the historically black (though he is white) Grambling State University in Grambling in Lincoln Parish in north Louisiana. He came to NSU in 1988 as a track and field coach and moved up the administrative ladder over the years. In 1999, he was appointed director of alumni affairs, and in 2003, director of alumni development in 2003. In 2005, he became the executive director of the NSU Foundation. In 2007, he was named dean of students and assistant provost.[3]

In Maggio's time as president, NSU reported an unprecedented increase in grants and private gifts for the first half of 2017 and a 7.7 percent increase in enrollment fin the fall semester of 2017. The current enrollment exceeds ten thousand, the largest in the university’s history.[3]

A Roman Catholic, Maggio is of Italian ancestry. He and his wife, the former Jennifer Zeagler, reside in the president's home on campus. They have three children, Melanie, Scott, and Emily Maggio.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Joseph Maggio, 71457, June 1964. Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved on February 19, 2018.
  2. Joseph Maggio. Retrieved on February 19, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Leah Jackson (September 15, 2017). Dr. Chris Maggio formally invested as NSU's 19th president. The Natchitoches Times. Retrieved on February 19, 2018.