Robert Alost

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Robert A. Alost

16th President of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana
In office
1986 – July 1, 1996
Preceded by Joseph J. Orze
Succeeded by Randall Webb

Born February 20, 1935
Resident of Natchitoches, Louisiana

Robert A. Alost (born February 20, 1935)[1] is the former 16th president of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, with service for the decade from 1986 until his retirement in 1996.

As president, Alost worked with two Democrats, state Representative Jimmy Dale Long, Sr. (1931-2016) and state Senators Francis Coleman Thompson of Delhi in Richland Parish and Donald Gene Kelly of Natchitoches, and Republican Governor David C. Treen, to open the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in an older building on the NSU campus. Alost was director of LSMSA from its inception in 1982 until he was named president of the university four years later. Earlier, from 1975 to 1982, he was the dean of the College of Education.[2]

After leaving NSU, he worked as a financial advisor for AXA Equitable Insurance. He is an inductee of the NSU Hall of Distinguished Educators.[2]


  1. Robert Alost. Retrieved on February 20, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Hall of Distinguished Educators. Retrieved on February 20, 2018.