TO: Faculty, Staff and Students
FR: Stephen T. Hulbert, President
Over the past four years, as the state has dramatically reduced its support for public higher education, Nicholls State University has been forced to make one series of operating and budget changes after another.
The University could have chosen to “hunker down” and “ride out” this difficult period. Instead, the University has revisited its planning process and revised its statements of mission, vision and values. The resulting Strategic Plan 2011-2016 was approved by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System in February 2012.
The publication that accompanies this correspondence has been produced to communicate the plan outside the University to our friends and constituents. Nicholls is also launching a new marketing campaign, “People Creating Possibilities” that is featured in this publication. Throughout the strategic planning process, and in developing the new marketing campaign, a common thread always appeared. Nicholls State’s great asset is its people. The faculty and staff make Nicholls a unique place with a supportive environment for student success.
I believe that the strategic plan publication highlights the uniqueness of Nicholls. Clearly, the University and its faculty, staff and students have been facing considerable hardship with little leadership or support evidenced from the state level. The plan also seeks to make it clear that together the Nicholls family of faculty, staff, students and friends alike is working to keep the University vital and growing in support of the region we serve.
I am pleased to share this strategic plan for your review. Thank you for all that you do to keep Nicholls strong during this challenging time.