THIBODAUX – Dr. Carroll J. Falcon, a 43-year veteran of higher education with more than 31 years of service at Nicholls State University, will retire effective Wednesday, June 30. Falcon has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Nicholls since July 2004.
“Carroll’s commitment to higher education is an inspiration to anyone who ever had the privilege of serving with him,” Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, university president, said. “The Nicholls family is fortunate to have benefited from his service for so long, and we wish him and his family well as they begin this new stage of life.”
A native of Rayne, La., Falcon earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He then advanced to the University of Kentucky where he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees, also in animal science.
Falcon joined the Nicholls faculty in August 1967 as a professor of animal science. He was soon promoted to department head and finally to dean of the College of Life Sciences and Technology, a position he held for 15 years.
In 1993, Falcon temporarily left Nicholls to accept a position with the University of Louisiana System as senior vice president and chief academic officer. For three of his 11-year stint with the system office, Falcon was acting system president and board secretary. He returned to Nicholls in 2004.
A member of numerous civic, school and social organizations, Falcon has served on the board of directors of the Thibodaux Rotary Club, the Lafourche Parish Fair Association and Leadership Lafourche.
He resides in Thibodaux with his wife Deanna. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.