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July 1, 2013

Dr. Nick J. BrunoA message to ULM faculty and staff from ULM President Nick J. Bruno

Dear Colleagues,

Our university continues to garner a significant amount of positive news. Jaden Leach, a ULM junior political science major, was named Miss Louisiana at the state pageant this weekend. She is the fourth ULM student in the past five years to win the crown. In addition, Miss ULM Amy Matherne won the talent portion of the competition, and Lauren Ford finished in the top 10.

Our fishing team, featured in Time Magazine, finished first in the nation in the Association of Collegiate Anglers School of the Year Standings. ULM's incoming freshmen class is the best yet with a preliminary average GPA of 3.38 and an average ACT of 22.32.

ULM continues to make strides. Following a thorough search process led by CarrSports Consulting LLC, ULM's Athletic Director Search Committee selected three outstanding candidates.

After much consideration, I have chosen Brian Wickstrom. Brian has relevant experience and possesses a strong record of effective fund raising. In addition, he was able to convey a vision for our athletic program that is consistent with what I envision for ULM. His enthusiasm and personality are contagious, which will allow him to connect with all of our constituents.

Brian has worked as the Director of Athletics for the University of California, Riverside since July 2011. He has served in various roles in athletics departments across the country since 1998. He earned a Master of Sports Administration from Ohio University in 1999 and a Doctor of Education/Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University in 2006.

Brian will be officially introduced tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. in the Media Room, located on the sixth floor. I know you will join me in welcoming him to his new home at ULM.

Lastly, I hope to provide you with a budget update before we break for the July 4th holiday.

Have a great week.

Sincerely,

Dr. Nick J. Bruno
President