William “Bill” Riviere

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If you ask William “Bill” Riviere how he graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., and then became a partner in a southeast regional law firm, he’ll point you to the close-knit Nicholls State University campus.

There, while working on his bachelor’s degree in finance, Riviere assumed leadership roles in several student organizations, including the Student Government Association, Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

“These opportunities helped me develop leadership and interpersonal skills which have benefited me to this day,” Riviere says. “These opportunities also help young adults build the confidence to know, that with a Nicholls education, you can compete at any level.”

After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990, Riviere began his attorney practice as a partner at Phelps Dunbar LLP, a regional law firm headquartered in New Orleans. Riviere is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, Southeast Admiralty Law Institute, New Orleans Bar Association and St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyer’s Society. He also continues to serve the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department.

In 2004, Riviere was presented the James Lynn Powell Award, the highest award honoring a Nicholls graduate. He has continued to serve Nicholls through alumni associations. He served on the Board of Directors for the Nicholls Alumni Federation from 1997 to 2003, acting as president from 2001-2002. From 1994 to 2006, Riviere was a member of the Nicholls Business Administration Alumni Association Board of Directors, serving as president from 1995-2000.

“As a student, and as a result of my subsequent activities with the Nicholls Alumni Federation, it was evident that the student’s best interest was always foremost at Nicholls,” Riviere says. “Given the university’s size, students can come to know the administration, faculty and staff on a personal level—from the president on down.”