Nicholls to hold public interview for finalist for provost

Dr. Sue Westbrook

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University has named a finalist in their search for a new provost and vice president for academic affairs and will hold a public interview at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 in the Ridley Gros Auditorium.

The finalist is Dr. Sue Westbrook, dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health, who has served as the interim provost and vice president for academic affairs since Jan. 5.

A search committee interviewed 16 candidates before whittling the number down to two semi-finalists and, now, a finalist.

“I want to thank the search committee for their hard work throughout this long process,” said Dr. Jay Clune, Nicholls president. “The provost and vice president for academic affairs plays such a crucial role in the education of our students, so it’s important that we make the right hire. I encourage everyone in the Nicholls community to come out to the interview and ask questions as we prepare to make an important decision for our university.”

After graduating from Northwestern State University, Westbrook worked as a nurse for three years before joining the Nicholls staff as an instructor. Over the course of the next three decades, she added graduate degrees, from Nicholls and the LSU Health Sciences Center.

She has served on the State Board of Nursing and was named one of The Great 100 Nurses of Louisiana in 2016.

Under Westbrook’s watch, Nicholls nursing graduates regularly pass the national licensure exam at rates greater than both the national and state average, and 100 percent of all recent graduates are employed.


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