The Vice President for Academic Affairs, the ranking academic officer of the University reporting to the President, directs and administers all operations and activities of the divisions of academic affairs.
A Southern academic with a vision and proven formula for success in higher education, Dr. Lynn Gillette has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Nicholls State University since July 1, 2015. The administrator brought 23 years of leadership experience in both public and private higher education to Nicholls, where he is tasked with managing the university’s strategic intent to grow enrollment, increase internationalism and expand both classroom and online learning.
Most recently, Gillette served as president of Sierra Nevada College, a private Nevada-based liberal arts college with an enrollment of 1,000 students. Prior to his tenure as president, Gillette also served three years as provost and executive vice president. While at Sierra Nevada, Gillette led a progressive-minded administration that successfully established financial stability, developed strategic partnerships, introduced over a dozen new programs and gained reaffirmation of accreditation for the college. He also annually increased undergraduate enrollment.
“What attracted me to Nicholls is the incredible focus on student success and learning,” Gillette said. “That’s who I am at my core — I am in higher education for the purpose of seeing students succeed.”
In his 23 years as an administrator, Gillette has completed tenures as vice president for business, administration and compliance at Spalding University; visiting professor of economics at the University of Kentucky; area chair in economics and statistics at the University of Phoenix; dean of the College of Business and Economics at Houston Baptist University; and dean of the School of Business at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Locally, Gillette served from 2004-13 as an adjunct professor of business at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business, where he taught graduate-level management courses.
A graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program, Gillette holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Richmond and a doctorate in economics from Texas A&M University.
Gillette, a native of Virginia, is married to Shannon Morse. He has two daughters: Jacquelyn, a doctoral student in accounting at the University of Rochester, and Danielle, an undergraduate student in chemical engineering at the University of Missouri.