Nicholls State University President Stephen T. Hulbert announced his retirement Monday effective August 1.

Hubert retirement will bring to a close a 10-year career at the top of the Thibodaux university.

In a statement, Hubert said his “commitment to Nicholls remains absolute now and throughout the months ahead” of his departure. “I will offer my total support for a smooth transition of leadership that is in the best interest of the university and the students it serves,” he added.

Hubert is credited with guiding Nicholls through numerous campus improvement projects, the grueling reaccrediation process and the transition from an institution with open admissions to a university with a selective admissions policy.

He also worked to cement agreements with regional community colleges allowing for students to easily transition from two-year colleges to the four-year university.

Hubert said he is especially proud of students faculty and staff who persevered through “six consecutive years of multiple budget cuts, five major hurricanes and a devastating oil spill in the Gulf that had a disruptive influence the region and the university.

In a statement, University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley congratulated Hubert on his 45-year career of “exceptional service in higher education.”

“Nicholls State University has flourished under his leadership, and generations of students will reap the benefits of the higher standards, forged partnerships and campus improvements he instituted over the past 10 years,” Woodley said.