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Bruce Murphy 5th president of Nicholls State

Bruce Murphy 5th president of Nicholls State

Bruce Murphey named President of NSU.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The vice president for academic affairs at the Air Force's The Air University in Montgomery, Ala., has been named the fifth president of Nicholls State University.

The University of Louisiana System's board of supervisors unanimously chose Bruce Murphy at its meeting Tuesday in Baton Rouge, according to a news release.

He replaces Stephen Hulbert, who retired Aug. 1 after 10 years as president of the university founded in Thibodaux in 1948. His second in command, Lawrence W. Howell, is interim president.

Murphy, who retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel and is married to a retired colonel, Jean Picariello Murphy, will take charge of a school with the Colonel as its mascot.

"We've got the colonels for the Colonels," said board member Jimmy "Beau" Martin, who made the motion to appoint Murphy.

"I am honored and humbled," said Murphy.  "Nicholls is a great institution, and together I want to take us to the future."

During his interview with the board, Murphy detailed his goals for the university including establishing relationships, conducting a thorough academic program review, and growing enrollment and the university's mission of serving the region and beyond.

"The role of the president is to facilitate the dreams of all the different constituencies: the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community.  You have to learn what those dreams are, then you have to get the financial resources to enable them.  You have to tell the Nicholls story," said Murphy.

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

Prior to his current position at Air University, Murphy served as the Founding Dean of the School of Business at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.  He was also Founding Director of the Graduate Program in Organizational Leadership and Chair of the Walker School of Business at Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania.  He taught military science at Vanderbilt University and leadership at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  Altogether, he spent 21 years in military service.

Online: www.ulsystem.edu/NichollsSearch

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