Nick Bruno

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Nick Bruno
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Dr. Nick J. Bruno, eighth president of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, is an aficianado of PJ's Coffee.
Born June 1951 (age 66)
Tangipahoa Parish
Louisiana, USA
Residence Monroe, Louisiana
Nationality  United States
Alma mater University of Mississippi
Southeastern Louisiana University
Known for University of Louisiana at Monroe president
Business instructor
Cattle farmer
Awards Lifetime Achievement Award (National Association of College Auxiliary Services, Southern Region)
Scientific career
Fields Accounting
Institutions University of Louisiana at Monroe
University of Louisiana System
Southeastern Louisiana University
Doctoral advisor Ray Cleere
Influences Bruce Charles Bennett
W. L. "Buddie" Billups
Randy Moffett
G. Warren Smith

Nick Joseph Bruno (born June 1951)[1] is the president of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, known as ULM.[2] He was appointed by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors on 2010 October 22,[3] at the end of deliberations over the appointment in Baton Rouge.[4] Bruno is the eighth president of ULM and succeeds James E. Cofer Sr., who had resigned to become president of Missouri State University.[5] Bruno's selection was made official in an announcement by University of Louisiana System president Randy Moffett.[6] Two other finalists considered by the Board were Peter J. Fos and Thomas F. Moore.[7] Bruno's official investiture was on 2011 October 2.[8]


Bruno acceded to the presidency of ULM after serving for 5 years as Vice President for Business and Finance in the University of Louisiana System office in Baton Rouge. He had previously served at ULM from 2002 to 2005 as Associate Vice President for Business Affairs and then Vice President for Business Affairs. From 1978 to 2002 he was adjunct instructor of management at Southeastern Louisiana University while also serving in a variety of administrative roles including director of auxiliary services and assistant vice president for special initiatives.[9] Bruno received his Ph.D. (1994) in administration of higher education and his MBA degree (1980) and baccalaureate degree (1972) in accounting from Southeastern.[10] Bruno is a 1968 graduate of Independence High School in his hometown of Independence, Louisiana.[11] In a 2013 article Bruno commented on various attributes of his background including his upbringing as an Italian American, relatives, and positive associations with the Phil Robertson family and others in the Monroe area.[12]


Sue Nicholson, a leader of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce who had worked with Nick Bruno during his previous administrative role at ULM, had this to say:

He's very much a people person. . . . In his division (business affairs) there was a lot of camaraderie. He had this sense of purpose in his team. He takes great pride in getting things done.[13]

Bruno cited looming state budget cuts among the challenges facing ULM.[14] Bruno seeks "to involve as many parties as possible in decisions that impact the future of the campus and the community."[15]

Bruno had the support of Monroe's city administration and local and state officials who cited financial concerns in urging his appointment[16] as competition for the position was intense.[17] Monroe's NBC affiliate KTVE Channel 10 televised interviews with students after Bruno's appointment.[18]


Previously Bruno and his younger brother Carlo Bruno were involved in the beef cattle business. Carlo Bruno continues in that operation. Nick Bruno is a member of Beta Alpha Psi and Knights of Columbus.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Nick Bruno is married to Linda Capra Bruno, alumna and former administrator at the University of Texas at Austin. The couple has two children—Victoria and Christina. Nick also has a son, Steven, from a previous marriage. Nick Bruno is Roman Catholic.[20]


  1. ^ "Nick Bruno, June 1951". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bruno named new ULM president". Ouachita Citizen. Monroe, Louisiana. 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  3. ^ The official date of Bruno's commencement of duty was 2010 November 8.
  4. ^ "Bruno chosen to be ULM’s New President". Hawkeye. University of Louisiana at Monroe. 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  5. ^ Benitez, Cindy (2010-10-22). "Bruno named UL-Monroe President Friday". Action News 17. Hammond, Louisiana. Retrieved 2010-10-23.  The interim president between Cofer and Bruno was Stephen Richters.
  6. ^ Tisdale, Jackie (2010-10-22). "Nick Bruno Named Eighth President of the University of Louisiana at Monroe". University of Louisiana System press release. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  7. ^ Largen, Stephen (2010-10-14). "3 make cut to lead ULM". News Star. Monroe, Louisiana. Retrieved 2010-10-24.  Fos was provost and executive vice president at the University of Texas at Tyler. Moore was vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. These names also appeared in "University board chooses its [sic, ULM's] new president". Times-Picayune. 2010-10-24. p. A6. Retrieved 2010-10-24.  Originally there were four semifinalists—including J. William Berry, provost of the University of Dallas—with a plan to reduce the four to two finalists. "ULM presidency semifinalists picked". Advocate. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 2010-10-06. p. 8A. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  8. ^ Presidential investiture of Nick J. Bruno. Monroe, Louisiana: University of Louisiana at Monroe. 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help) For summary of the investiture program, click here.
  9. ^ Auxiliary services are the businesses operated within a university, such as retail outlets. See, e.g., Southeastern's Auxiliary Services site (accessed 2010-10-23). The special initiatives included continuing education and international programs.
  10. ^ Bruno's Ph.D. dissertation at Ole Miss was titled A Comparative Analysis of Comments from Faculty Members of Selected Public and Private Universities in Mississippi and Louisiana to Determine the Degree of Job Satisfaction as Related to the Variables of Institution, Gender, and Race. His major professor was Ray Cleere.
  11. ^ Curriculum vitae of Nick Bruno (accessed 2010-10-23).
  12. ^ Joiner, Loretta (2013-09-22). "Tangipahoa's Nick Bruno makes transition to Monroe". Sunday Star. Hammond, Louisiana. pp. 1C, 8C. 
  13. ^ Largen, Stephen; Hilburn, Greg (2010-10-24). "Bruno ready to unite ULM: New president accepts 'free expression'". News Star. Monroe, Louisiana. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  14. ^ See similar statements on the Louisiana budget cuts by Southeastern Louisiana University president John Crain.
  15. ^ Largen, Stephen (2010-10-11). "Meet the candidates: Nick Bruno". News Star. Monroe, Louisiana. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  16. ^ Hilburn, Greg (2010-10-22). "Time to rally around Bruno, most at meeting say". Town Talk. Alexandria, Louisiana. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  17. ^ Bruno also had the support of mayors Dave Norris of West Monroe, Vern Breland of Sterlington, and Betty Olive-Alford of Bastrop. "Controversial letter involved in ULM presidential search [with video]". KNOE-TV Channel 8 (CBS). Monroe, Louisiana. 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2010-10-26.  Cf. Abbott, Walter (2010-10-22). "Bruno Selected ULM President by 13-0-1 Vote". Lincoln Parish News. Jonesboro, Louisiana. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  18. ^ "Nick Bruno: Next President of ULM". KTVE Channel 10. Monroe, Louisiana. 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  19. ^ Curriculum vitae of Nick Bruno (accessed 2010-10-23).
  20. ^ Eddington, Sarah (2012-05-31). "Bruno's mother dies at age 87". News-Star. Monroe, Louisiana. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
Preceded by
James Erwin Cofer Sr.
President of the University of Louisiana at Monroe
Succeeded by