Nicholls College of Arts and Sciences welcomes new dean

THIBODAUX – Dr. John Doucet, distinguished service professor, acting head of the Department of Biological Sciences and director of the University Honors Program at Nicholls State University, has been named interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for the 2011-12 academic year, pending approval of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.

“Dr. Doucet’s education, experience and personal interests are varied and comprehensive in their relation to what the College of Arts and Sciences delivers and represents,” Dr. Allayne Barrilleaux, vice president for academic affairs, said. “He will be an exceptional addition to the academic council of Nicholls as he helps us enhance the quality of the arts and sciences programs.”

A researcher, administrator and educator, Doucet became Louisiana’s first certified public health geneticist in 2010. His contributions to academia include more than 150 extramural presentations, letters and workshops and more than 50 full-length publications, including stage plays and history books. Doucet has also secured more than $1 million in competitive research grants, and he is a three-time chairman of the board for Leadership Lafourche Inc.

“I look forward to serving the university and the region in this greater capacity,” he said. “I hope to grow the college and make it a stronger academic experience for students as well as faculty.”

Doucet succeeds Dr. Badiollah Asrabadi, a 31-year Nicholls veteran who retired earlier this summer. For additional information about Doucet, go to

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