Endowment for new Nicholls professorship to total $110,000

THIBODAUX – In fall 2010, Nicholls State University will add a new title to be awarded to one of its history faculty – the Mack Thomas Nolen Endowed Professorship in History, named for a professor emeritus of history who had a distinguished career at the university.

Pictured from left are Dr. David Boudreaux, vice president for institutional advancement at Nicholls State University; and Linda and Lewis St. Martin, who established the Mack Thomas Nolen Endowed Professorship in History.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis St. Martin of Houma donated $60,000 to the Nicholls State University Foundation in February to establish the professorship, fulfilling the eligibility requirements for an additional $40,000 in state matching funds. The St. Martins also agreed to contribute an additional $10,000 over the next two years, after which the investment itself will fund the position.

“We are most appreciative of the St. Martins for their generous donation,” Dr. David Boudreaux, vice president for institutional advancement, said. “Nicholls remains the Bayou Region’s premier institution of higher learning in no small part because of these sorts of contributions from the private sector. Our students will benefit greatly from the new professorship, and we look forward to filling the position with the best qualified candidate.”

In recognition of their contribution, a plaque bearing the St. Martins’ name will be added to the Wall of Honor near the entrance to the Cotillion Ballroom of the Bollinger Memorial Student Union, and the couple will be recognized at the Nicholls Foundation Semi-Annual General Membership Meeting and Dinner later this spring.

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