Nicholls State University Presidential Search Committee Named

First Meeting and Public Forum Set for May 3

BATON ROUGE – Fifteen members have been appointed to serve on the Nicholls State University Presidential Search Committee by University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors Chair Wayne Parker.  The committee will hold its first meeting and a public forum on the Thibodaux campus on Friday, May 3.

Last week Nicholls President Stephen T. Hulbert announced he will retire effective Aug. 1, 2013, after 10 years at the helm.

Voting members of the committee include UL System Board Members Andre Coudrain of Hammond, Student Member William Dearmon of Ruston, David Guidry of Harvey, Board Vice Chair E. Gerald “T-Boy” Hebert of Kenner, 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.

Serving as advisory, non-voting members are community member Donald T. “Boysie” Bollinger, 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 will serve as the non-voting committee chair.

“The University of Louisiana System has a thorough and open presidential search process that calls for campus representation on the committee and gathering input early in the process to help frame the committee’s work,” said UL System President and Committee Chair Sandra Woodley.

The committee will convene for the first time next week on Nicholls’ campus for a business meeting and to hear from the public.  The purpose of the public forum is to gather input from the campus community on desired qualifications for a new president.  Both meetings are open to the public.

WHAT: Nicholls State University Presidential Search Committee Meeting and Public Forum

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Committee Meeting; 1 p.m. Public Forum, Friday, May 3, 2013

WHERE: Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana (Meeting Room To Be Determined)

A special section of the UL System website,, devoted to the Nicholls Presidential Search is under development.  It will house all public information about the search including meeting agendas.

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.