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ULM President Nick Bruno Announces Retirement

ULM President Nick Bruno announced his intention to retire effective June 30.

University of Louisiana at Monroe President Dr. Nick Bruno has announced his intention to retire June 30, 2020.

In a letter to faculty, staff, and supporters. Bruno writes that today ULM is known as a medical science center. He writes that the next opportunities for the University "will take several years of coordination and commitment to be realized," and that he cannot commit the additional time required to do so.

Bruno was appointed president at ULM in November of 2010. During his tenure, the Universtity saw significant growth in academic programs, designation of the University as an R3 research university; improvments to campus facilities, including athletic facilities and a completely remodeled Sandel Hall; and the introduction and construction of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine on the ULM campus.

Bruno writes “Due to my love for this institution and this job, it was one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make during my nearly 45 years in higher education.”

Henderson praised Bruno for his initiative and dedication.

“Volumes could be written about his 45 years of service to the University of Louisiana System, but it is his decade-long presidency at ULM that most aptly tells the Nick Bruno story. His leadership through a challenging fiscal era provided stability, while his innovative spirit propelled the university forward in ways few could have envisioned. His impact on the university, Monroe and the communities of Northeast Louisiana, and higher education across the state will be felt for generations,” Henderson said.

“We will work with Chair Romero and our Board of Supervisors to begin the process of selecting the next leader for ULM soon, but now is the time to celebrate the career of one of our own,” said Henderson.

The search for a new president will be conducted by the UL System.

From 2002-05, Bruno served as ULM Associate Vice President for Business Affairs and then Vice President for Business Affairs. Before being named president, Bruno was Vice President for Business and Finance with the UL System office in Baton Rouge for five years.

Bruno earned a bachelor’s in accounting and an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University. He earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Mississippi.


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