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Finalists for University Presidency Announced

November 8, 2017

After days of interviews, campus tours and much deliberation, the Nicholls State
University Presidential Search Committee has announced its finalists for the position of
President of the university. Dr. Jay Clune, Dr. John Doucet and Dr. Marcheta Evans were all
announced as finalists for the position.

Clune is the current Interim Dean at the University of West Florida. He holds a PhD in history
from Louisiana State University, an M.A. in Latin American studies from the University of
Alabama and a B.S. in marketing from Nicholls State University.

Doucet is the current Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Honors
Program here at Nicholls. He holds a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry from the Louisiana State
University Medical Center and a B.S. in chemistry from Nicholls State University.

Evans is the current Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Our Lady of the Lake
University. She holds a B.S. in psychology and history as well as an M.A. in Rehabilitation
Counseling and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, all from the University of
Alabama. She also holds an M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama-

Dr. Jim Henderson, a non-voting member of the search committee, as well as the chairman of
the board of the UL System expressed his thoughts on the candidates.

“We held a very thorough and thoughtful discussion about the candidates while in executive
session…We brought six extraordinarily qualified candidates to Nicholls State, which is a
testament to the prominence and importance of this university,” said Henderson.

The Board of Supervisors for the UL System will meet on Nov. 14 in Baton Rouge to
interview the three finalists and select the next president of Nicholls State University. For up to
date information on the presidential search visit

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