BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – History is made for Northwestern State University.

The University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors has named Marcus Jones as NSU’s next president.

Jones, who has been interim president since July, is NSU’s 20th and first Black President.

The board selected Jones over Kim LeDuff, who is currently serving as Vice President of Academic Engagement and Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of West Florida-Pensacola.

“Northwestern is home to me. I know Northwestern and Northwestern knows me,” Jones said. “This is about fit and timing for Northwestern, and I will hit the ground running,” said Jones.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards also offered his congratulations.

“Congratulations to the new president of Northwestern State University Marcus Jones, who is making history today as the first Black president of the university. Earning his undergraduate degree at Northwestern, his master’s degree at Grambling, and his law degree at Southern, Mr. Jones is a testament to Louisiana’s higher education institutions. Mr. Jones has served the NSU community for many years, and I have no doubt he will continue to succeed in his new role,” said Gov. Edwards.

Jones is a Louisiana native with degrees from NSU, Grambling State University, and the Southern University Law Center.