Dear Colonels,

Over the summer, I announced that we would take steps in renaming our streets and two buildings on our campus. Today, I want to announce the creation of a task force that will lead these efforts.

The task force includes students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. It is charged with recommending street and building names that have significant meaning and impact to Nicholls State University and the Bayou Region, as well as embody our institution’s values. The task force will recommend names for our campus streets and the buildings that house the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Sciences and Technology.

Diversity and inclusion are key components of the university’s mission. As we embark upon this effort, we are mindful of the mission, vision and values of our institution. Our efforts in these areas will cultivate a vibrant, inclusive learning, living and working environment on campus.

The task force members are as follows: 


  • Tamera Castle
  • Tyler Legnon
  • Aarati Pant
  • Shepard Theriot


  • Lynn Kunkel
  • Elizabeth McCurry
  • Raymond Peters
  • Kathryn Waggenspack 


  • Dr. Shaniece Bickham
  • Farren Clark
  • Chef Donald Kasten
  • Dr. Alyson Theriot 


  • Dr. Allayne Barrilleaux
  • Dr. Kevin George
  • Henry Lafont
  • Katherine Mabile 


  • Jeremy Becker (non-voting member)
  • Renee Brinkley
  • Timothy Bush
  • Matt Gresham
  • Dr. O. Cleveland Hill
  • Marguerite Knight

The task force will provide updates throughout the process, and we will ask the entire campus community for feedback along the way. For more information, visit

At Nicholls, our seven core values for the university are: civic responsibility, diversity, excellence, integrity, leadership, respectfulness and responsibility. We cannot achieve one without the other, and we will not waiver from them.

With Colonel Pride,

Jay Clune, President
Nicholls State University
Louisiana’s Coastal University 

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