News and Events

UL System Chooses New President for Nicholls State

A Florida educator with ties to south Louisiana was named Tuesday to be the next president of Nicholls State University.

Jay Clune, interim dean of the graduate school at the University of West Florida, was picked by the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System.

"I will make you proud," Clune told the board moments after the vote.

"Nicholls means the world to me," he said. "The region means the world to me."

A pay package will be worked out by UL System President Jim Henderson and others.

Clune, 53, is a native of Houma. He received his undergraduate degree from the school and said he has long wanted to return.

"Two of my three sisters graduated from Nicholls," Clune said in a Sept. 29 letter to the board.

"My nephew and niece attend the university now, and a second nephew is scheduled to start there next fall," he wrote. "Simply put, Nicholls has long been home to the Clune family."

Clune earned his master's degree in Latin American studies from the University of Alabama and his Ph.D in history from LSU.

Clune has worked at the University of West Florida in Pensacola for the past 13 years. It has about 13,000 students, including roughly 3,000 graduate students.

He was picked over John Doucet, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Nicholls and Marcheta Evans, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

The board made its decision after public presentations from all three candidates.

Each was then interviewed by the board behind closed doors.

The new president, the sixth for the school, will succeed Bruce T. Murphy, who announced his plans to resign in September.

Post has no comments.
Post a Comment

Captcha Image