THIBODAUX — After 40 years of service to Nicholls State University and the University of Louisiana System, Larry Howell will retire from his position as executive vice president on Friday, July 18.
“My years at my alma mater were wonderful because of the people I worked with and the students it serves,” Howell said. “Nicholls has thrived as the leader in education due to the dedicated faculty and staff, and I am confident that Nicholls will continue to grow and prosper with the support of the region.”
A native of Paris, Illinois, Howell earned his bachelor’s degree from Nicholls in computer science, with minors in mathematics and business, before earning his master’s degree in applied mathematics from Clemson University. He began his teaching career at McNeese State University before returning to Nicholls to teach computer science. He has since served as director of institutional research, assistant vice president for academic affairs, interim vice president for academic affairs and associate provost. Howell holds the rank of associate professor of computer science.
Howell also served as interim university president after the departure of former Nicholls President Stephen Hulbert in August 2013 until the appointment of current President Bruce Murphy in January.
In the community, he been a member of the Assumption Parish School Board since 1981 and is a former member of the governor’s task force for technology in K-12 schools. In past years, he also provided computer consultation services for private businesses, municipalities, hospitals and school systems. He is a member of the Thibodaux Rotary Club; the Assumption, Thibodaux and Houma chambers of commerce; and the South Central Industrial Association.
Howell lives in Napoleonville with his wife, Tina. They are the parents of two grown children and have six grandchildren.