Nicholls State University has named Jay Clune as the university’s 6th president. Clune has served as interim graduate dean for the University of West Florida. He is a Nicholls graduate and native of nearby Homua. He will take over after the first of 2018. Clune says he wants students coming to Nicholls to learn in a modern environment.
"I think in this age of technology and innovation, we need to take another look and see if we can expand that a bit and add some programs."
For the past nine years, legislators have cut higher education budgets, trimming some 150-million-dollars over that period of time – 39-million-dollars for just Nicholls. Clune says he knows of other ways to raise money.
"We're also going to look at public private partnerships. Businesses and industries who come in who help get programs started, who help to underwrite some of the instructional costs."
Clune says he knows there are issues at the school, but wants to tackle them head on.
"We're coming in with what we see as great potential. There are some student issues that we're going to work through. And I want to hear from students as to what's important to them. And I want to hear from faculty and staff."
He will begin his new positon after the first of the year.