Nicholls announces changes to university leadership

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University today announced changes to its administration and plans to begin a national search for a new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Lynn Gillette will move from his current position as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to the role of special assistant to Nicholls President, Dr. Jay Clune. Dr. Sue Westbrook, dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health, will serve as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

“Dr. Gillette’s leadership brought innovative change to increase student retention and improve teaching and advising practices. I look forward to working closely with him to continue that positive momentum moving forward,” Dr. Clune said. “Dr. Westbrook is a well-respected leader who oversees some of our largest and most successful programs. Under her watch, our nursing graduates regularly pass the national licensure exam at rates greater than both the national and state average, and have a 100 percent employment rate after graduation.”

A Nicholls alum, Westbrook was named dean in 2004 after working as a nurse and an instructor at Nicholls. She was named one of The Great 100 Nurses of Louisiana in 2016.


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