External Affairs is an extensive and diverse segment of the university that includes Intercollegiate Athletics, Informational Services, Alumni and Development, Institutional Advancement, NSU Press and University Printing Services.
This webpage and its links provide information on the personnel, programs, services and activities of External Affairs, which is at the forefront of projecting a positive image for the university and maintaining communications and associations with alumni, news media, prospective donors, prospective students, government and civic leaders and other entities and constituencies.
The Vice-President for External Affairs is responsible for the supervision, development of goals and missions, administrative control and establishment of policies and operational procedures for the Division of Informational Services, Office of Alumni, Development and Institutional Advancement, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, University Printing Services, NSU Press and Office of Special Services. The Vice-President for External Affairs also coordinates governmental relations for the university and performs and directs numerous other duties related to public relations, community services, promotions, marketing, publicity and institutional development and advancement.
The External Affairs Vice-President works closely with department heads in each division of External Affairs in budget development and control, employment of all staff members and other personnel decisions, planning and coordination of all activities of those departments. The Vice-President for External Affairs also works closely with the university president and other vice-presidents in development of the overall university budget.
The Vice-President for External Affairs is also directly involved in activities of state, national and other organizations affiliated with the external affairs area of the university, including the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Southland Conference, Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.
The Vice-President for External Affairs also serves as Assistant Professor Journalism and performs other responsibilities assigned by the university president.
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is a major showcase of the university, and the success of its programs have a positive impact on enrollment, image, fund-raising, alumni and community involvement, media attention and other factors that are a part of accomplishing the overall goals of the university.
Through recruitment of outstanding student athletes and the assistance and guidance that those students receive from academic services personnel in the External Affairs area, this realm of the university is directly involved in promoting a learning-centered environment, improving retention and graduation rates and maintaining a student-oriented atmosphere.
In the area of External Affairs, millions of dollars have already been raised in the early stages of a major fund-raising campaign; alumni participation and involvement is at an all-time high; Intercollegiate Athletics has received full certification from the NCAA and has been cited in a national publication as one of the most successful intercollegiate athletic programs in the nation.