On April 27, 2023, the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System (ULS) selected William S. Wainwright as the 15th president of Southeastern. Wainwright takes the helm June 5, upon the retirement of President John L. Crain.
Wainwright was chosen after an in-depth process spearheaded by ULS. This selection process included an on-campus visit for semifinalists to openly address questions from students, faculty and staff, alumni, and the community, along with a series of formal interviews by the Board.
Wainwright comes to the position with over 24 years of progressive leadership experience in higher education. He additionally has a firm knowledge of Southeastern, the region, and the unique challenges and opportunities for both.
Most recently, Wainwright served for 12 years as chancellor of Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC). During his tenure at NTCC, he helped lead exponential growth and success for the institution, expanding campuses and tripling enrollment, causing NTCC to become one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation.