(June 1, 2011)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Centenary Announces Louisiana Native as New Athletic Director

SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary News Service) — Centenary College President Dr. B. David Rowe announced today that Dr. William Broussard has been named Centenary's new Director of Athletics.

Dr. William Broussard
Dr. William Broussard

Broussard comes from Northwestern State University, his undergraduate alma mater, where he was serving as Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Communication and the Executive Director of the NSU Athletic Association. He arrives as Centenary prepares to enter its first year of competition under NCAA Division III in the American Southwest Conference.

"Will brings a variety of administrative, athletic, and academic experiences to the job, and we're proud to welcome him to the team," said Dave Voskuil, Vice President for Enrollment Services and Interim AD since Dr. Tom Tallach stepped down last fall. "He was impressive off and on the field at NSU, and he has truly left his mark since returning to the athletic department as an administrator. I have every confidence that Will is going to hit the ground running and help make our first year in Division III a successful one."

Broussard played football at NSU and then returned after completing his graduate degree.

"Having first met and developed a good relationship with Will during his time as an NSU student-athlete, I am happy that Will has received this opportunity," said NSU Athletic Director Greg Burke. "At the same time, he has been an integral part of some noteworthy, and unprecedented, achievements in terms of generating support for the NSU athletic program and will be greatly missed by our department and university. All of us in the NSU Athletic Department thank Will for his dedication and wish him the best in this new endeavor."

Originally from Crowley, La., Broussard also served on the faculty at NSU and was very active on campus and in the community. He arrives at Centenary during a period of renewal of the academic program as well as the campus environment.

"I am humbled to be chosen to lead Centenary College Athletics at this watershed moment in the department's history," said Broussard. "I am also tremendously confident and inspired by the mission of the college and the message that President Rowe has articulated for its continued progress. Centenary Athletics is poised for breakout success in NCAA Division III and the American Southwest Conference. I look forward to working with our great coaches and student-athletes, as well as faculty and staff, as we travel this road together."

Dr. Broussard's Bio

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 373 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.