This isn’t just a job for me. This is my passion. I understand the responsibility with which I have been entrusted. I’m thrilled to be the president because I believe in the value of higher education, I believe in Nicholls State University and I believe in the Bayou Region.

Welcome from Dr. Jay Clune

Thank you for your interest in Nicholls State University. We are proud of our university and are pleased that you are taking time to learn how Nicholls will help you achieve your future goals.

If you are a prospective student and want to achieve your dreams, I can promise you a strong commitment by the faculty and staff to help you succeed. We are here totally for you. We are committed to giving you the best possible “education with a personal touch.”

I invite you to visit our campus and talk to the students, faculty and staff members in the area of study that is of interest to you. You will be pleased to learn that we offer a wide variety of accredited programs to exceed your expectations and meet your educational needs.

If you are a parent of a current or future Nicholls student, I applaud your personal interest in your son or daughter. I assure you that the welfare of students is among our foremost concerns. We are committed to helping your son or daughter succeed in the classroom and, eventually, in his or her chosen career.

If you are a prospective employee, I am pleased that you are exploring the possibility of applying for a position at Nicholls. Nicholls is an equal opportunity institution and is successful because of the commitment and professionalism of its faculty and staff.

If I can be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me. You may e-mail me at jay.clune@nicholls.edu or call (985) 448-4003.

Dr. Jay Clune

6th President of Nicholls State University


Dr. Jay Clune became president of Nicholls State University on Jan. 1, 2018. Before he was named President by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, Dr. Clune served as the interim dean of the graduate school at the University of West Florida. He brings to the position more than two decades of experience in higher education as a faculty member and administrator.

A Houma native, Dr. Clune graduated from Nicholls State University with a bachelor of science degree in marketing in 1986. In the fall of 1987, he entered the Peace Corps and spent two years in Guatemala. There he helped develop 4-H clubs, sanitation projects and agricultural cooperatives. Upon returning to the United States he sought to further his education. He received a master’s degree in Latin American studies, with concentrations in history and international business, from the University of Alabama in 1990, and his doctorate in history from LSU in 1997, where he earned a Fulbright scholarship to study in Seville, Spain.

Over the past 13 years, Dr. Clune has moved up through the administrative ranks. He has chaired two academic departments and served as coordinator of the SACSCOC regional accreditation reaffirmation. He also served as associate vice provost for academic programs and interim vice provost.

Along with his extensive leadership experience, Dr. Clune has spent the last two decades in the classroom. He rose through the ranks as an assistant professor of history in 1997 at West Florida to a full professor in 2009. During that time, he has served as the chair of the department of philosophy and religious studies and the chair of the department of history.

In 2007, Dr. Clune launched the University of West Florida’s first commercial startup, the Next Exit History mobile application. The app uses GPS technology to highlight podcasts about historic sites accessible from Florida’s interstates. NEH now includes 60,000 historical markers and has been accessed by more than 10,000 users. He also developed Mistory, a podcast series about unsolved historical crimes.

Among his scholarly accomplishments, Dr. Clune is an award-winning author of two books, has published dozens of articles and received the University of West Florida Teaching Incentive Performance Award in 2004. As an administrator, he received the Marion Viccars Award for outstanding performance.

Dr. Clune is married to Mrs. Allison Clune, an accountant and a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. They have two daughters, Gabrielle and Caroline.


Office Location:
Picciola Hall
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2001
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Phone: (985) 448-4003
Email: jay.clune@nicholls.edu