Previous presidents include Dr. Robert Hebert (1987-2010), Dr. Jack Doland (1980-87), Dr. Thomas Leary (1969-1980), Dr. Wayne Cusic (1955-1969) and Dr. Lether Frazar (1950-55).
Dr. Philip C. Williams was formally installed as the sixth president of McNeese State University on November 14, 2010.
“An Honest Day’s Work” the horse and rider statue at the entrance plaza is by artist Fred Fellows.
The cowboy is riding a Visalia saddle and has a 60-foot rawhide rope. Behind his saddle is his Fish brand slicker tied without folding to keep the wax coating from cracking. The hackamore on the young horse is complete with Fiador and Mecate. The cowboy wears G.S. Garcia spurs and shotgun leggings of the period. He has secured in his holster a .45 Colt single action pistol in an E.L. Gallatin holster and belt with five cartridges on each side. The horse is a typical ranch horse for the period with different conformation than today's modern quarter horse. Fellows wrote this about the statue "In the vast reaches of the American West the work ethic still exists. The man who makes his living on horses that are bound to buck, earns his pay.