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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Appointment

TO: The University Community
FROM: Stephen T. Hulbert, President

Through this communication, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Carroll J. Falcon to the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2004. Dr. Falcon was selected from a strong pool of 69 applicants including three other very talented finalists.

With Nicholls facing a transition to more selective admissions standards and preparing for its COC/SACS accreditation visit in 2006, the breadth of senior academic administrative experience that Dr. Falcon brings to the provostship is most attractive. Dr. Falcon’s genuine desire to return to the campus level and to Nicholls in particular makes his 11 years of system level experience all the more valuable as the University seeks to meet the challenges ahead.

I want to express my appreciation to Dr. Betty Kleen as Chair of the Search Committee and to each of her Committee members for an extraordinarily professional and thorough recruitment effort. Comments by both applicants and individuals providing reference support acknowledged just how thorough the search effort was from beginning to end.

I know the campus community will join me in welcoming Dr. Falcom on his return to Nicholls. Together this summer we will move to introduce the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs function as the second officer of the University. Your support in that effort will be most appreciated.

I cannot close this correspondence without acknowledging the work of Mr. Larry Howell in the interim vice presidency. His leadership, hard work and willingness to take on challenging tasks has made him invaluable to my transition into this Nicholls presidency.

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