College of Education and Human Development Alumni Advisory Board

Since its inception in 1884 as Louisiana Normal, thousands of outstanding educators have received their degrees from Northwestern and have established productive careers in the field of education. As a result of this, a large and supportive alumni base has been established.

The Alumni Advisory Board was organized to provide opportunities for alumni to become involved in numerous activities sponsored by the College. The advisory board has – and will continue to – structure ways in which education alumni can support the mission of the College and reduce the workload of its dedicated faculty.

Projects initiated by the Alumni Advisory Board include:

  • Establishing “Friends of the Old School House” and Excellence in Education scholarships to:
    • Provide research and professional development funds to support faculty
    • Assist in recruiting and retaining students majoring in education
    • Recruit alumni for participation in Homecoming activities
    • Provide assistance for accreditation, NCATE and SACS
    • Seek alumni financial support to establish academic scholarships for education majors
    • Nominate and select members for inclusion in the College’s “Hall of Distinguished Educators” and “Friends of Education”



Mr. Jimmy Berry, Chair, Alumni Advisory Board

Ms. Caron Coleman, Principal, NSU Elementary Lab School

Mr. Robert Crew, Assistant to the President

Dr. John Dollar, Department Head, Department of Health & Human Performance

Dr. Paula Furr, Department Head, Ed Leadership & Technology

Mr. Travis Funderburk, retired Rapides Parish

Dr. Vickie Gentry, Dean, College of Education & Human Development

Dr. Raymond Gilbert, retired NSU

Dr. Hurst Hall, retired NSU

Dr. Thomas Hennigan, retired NSU

Dr. Steve Horton, Dean, College of Arts, Letters, Graduate Studies & Research

Ms. Jennifer Anderson Kelly, Director of Auxiliary Services

Ms. Lola Kendrick

Mr. Ben LaGrone, Principal, NSU Middle Lab School

Dr. Chris Maggio, Dean of Student Affairs & Assistant Provost

Dr. Kimberly McAlister, Department Head, Department of Teaching & Learning

Ms. Connie Melder, Director of Field Experiences & Clinical Practice

Mr. Drake Owens, Director of Alumni and Development

Mr. Dan Poole, retired

Mr. B. L. Shaw, retired

Ms. Maxine Southerland, retired

Ms. Chris Weaver, retired