Interview Schedule Released for Nicholls Presidential Semifinalists

Public Encouraged to Participate in On-Campus Meetings

THIBODAUX, La. – The schedule has been released for the six Nicholls State University Presidential Search semifinalist interviews.  Two interviews will be held per day on Monday, Aug. 26, Tuesday, Aug. 27, and Wednesday, Aug. 28.  On Thursday, Aug. 29, the search committee will deliberate and decide who to recommend to be interviewed by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System on Sept. 10.

“The committee selected six very strong candidates, and the caliber of the semifinalists is a positive reflection on Nicholls.  We know this is a very important decision and participation from the campus community is a crucial part of this process,” said UL System President and Nicholls Presidential Search Committee Chair Sandra Woodley.

The public interviews and search committee meeting will take place in the Student Union Ballroom on Nicholls’ campus.  They are scheduled as follows:

Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

  • 10:15 a.m.Mirta M. Martin (Ph.D. – Virginia Commonwealth University), Dean and Professor of Management, Virginia State University
  • 1:30 p.m.Allayne L. Barrilleaux (Ph.D. – Louisiana State University), Vice President for Academic Affairs, Nicholls State University

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

  • 10:15 a.m.James M. Limbaugh (Ph.D. – University of Maryland), Chancellor, Montana State University-Northern
  • 1:30 p.m.  –  Carlisle Baxter Rathburn III (Ph.D. – University of Florida), Special Assist to the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, The Texas A&M University System (former President and CEO, Texas A&M University-Texarkana)

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

  • 10:15 a.m.Bruce T. Murphy (Ed.D. – Vanderbilt University), Vice President for Academic Affairs, Air University
  • 1:30 p.m.Karla V. Hughes (Ph.D. – University of Tennessee-Knoxville), Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor, Morehead State University

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013

  • 10:00 a.m.  –  Nicholls State University Presidential Search Committee Meeting to Select Finalists  

In addition to public interviews with the search committee, each semifinalist will meet with faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community members.  A full schedule of meetings can be found at

At the interview sessions, attendees can submit questions they would like to be addressed to each semifinalist, and comment cards will be available to provide feedback to the search committee.  Comment cards will also be available at each constituent meeting, and those who cannot participate in person can send comments to the committee via email at   

The search committee will review all written comments and entertain public comments prior to making its finalist recommendations on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Voting members of the committee include System Board Members Andre Coudrain of Hammond, David Guidry of Harvey, Board Vice Chair E. Gerald “T-Boy” Hebert of Kenner, Student Board Member Davante Lewis of Lake Charles, Jimmie “Beau” Martin, Jr. of Cut Off, Board Chair Wayne Parker of Choudrant, Robert Shreve of Baton Rouge, Gary Solomon of New Orleans and Winfred Sibille of Sunset.  Also serving as a voting member is Nicholls Faculty Senate President Stephen Michot.

Advisory, non-voting members are community member Donald T. “Boysie” Bollinger, Nicholls SGA President Melissa Cloutet, former Nicholls SGA President Matthew Jewel, Fletcher Technical Community College Chancellor F. Travis Lavigne, Jr., and Nicholls Director Emeritus of Alumni Affairs Deborah “Raz” Raziano.  UL System President Sandra Woodley serves as the non-voting committee chair.

Nicholls President Stephen T. Hulbert, who led the university for a decade, formally retired from the university on Aug. 1.  His second in command, Lawrence W. Howell, currently serves as the Interim President. A new president is expected to be named on Sept. 10.

Founded in 1948, Nicholls State University is classified by Carnegie as a Master’s Medium University and by the Southern Regional Education Board as a 4-Year IV institution.


The largest higher education system in Louisiana, the UL system enrolls over 92,000 students at Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and the University of New Orleans.