Nicholls president named

A University of Louisiana System search committee unanimously chose Air University administrator Bruce T. Murphy as the next president of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.

With expected full board approval, Murphy becomes just the fifth president of Nicholls which was founded in 1948.

A retired U.S. Army colonel, Murphy spent 21 years in military service. He also has a extensive background in business and academia.

He taught military science at Vanderbilt University and leadership at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Murphy also served as the founding dean of the School of Business at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, founding director of the organizational leadership graduate program of the Walker School of Business at Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania.

He holds a bachelor of arts in English from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s of business administration and a master’s of science in systems management from the University of Southern California, a master’s of arts from Teachers College at Columbia University and a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University.

Murphy serves as the vice president for academic affairs at Air University in Alabama. Air University is a U.S. Air Force education and training facility at Maxwell Air Force Base, near Montgomery.

“I have over 30 years of service in a uniform and a suit. That has taught me duty, commitment and honor,” Murphy said in a prepared statement. “I will always give my best to any organization I’m affiliated with and advance and protect it.”

University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley, in a statement, praised Murphy’s leadership track record.

“I expect we will see great things from his presidency,” she said.

Murphy replaces former president Stephen T. Hulbert who retired in August after leading the university for a decade.

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