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Clyde Hamner (BS ’78, BS ’80, MEd ’87)

What did your time at Nicholls mean to you?

“My time at Nicholls was an opportunity to learn what I love and to prepare for the real world.  Nicholls helped me find what I was truly passionate about while taking the time to enjoy learning.  My time at Nicholls was the perfect opportunity to break out of my old shell and become someone totally new.”

What is your favorite memory from Nicholls?

“I must admit that I had a really fun time.  It was one of the best times in my life and I will always be thankful for the people I met at Nicholls.  These people have shaped my life tremendously and have helped me grow as a person. I could not imagine who or where I would be without the many people who influenced me during my college years.”

What made you choose Nicholls?

“I choose Nicholls for two reasons:  a great environment and the opportunity to engage with other students as well as the professors. Nicholls offered me the opportunity for a well-rounded education with the opportunity to take courses from different departments.”

What do you do now and how did Nicholls help you?

“I am now retired from the Terrebonne Parish School Board (TPSB) with 33 years as a teacher and administrator, and I currently serve on the TPSB as chairman of the Finance, Insurance, and Section 16 Lands committee and as the Boards Legislative Liaison.  I am also very active in the Houma Chamber serving on the Community Development Committee.  In addition, I served for 16 years the TRSL Board of Trustees while working for TPSD.

Nicholls programmed me to succeed.  Nicholls created a college experience that taught me how to make decisions for the now and the future.  My time at Nicholls helped me visualize my life and create my own experiences and opportunities.”

What’d be your advice to current and anticipating students of Nicholls?

“You can’t predict the future, and you don’t want to restrict your freedom to decide to do something different later. Set clear goals for yourselves.  This will help you decide which direction you want to go in life, but always remember, even if you do your best, sometimes you’ll achieve your goals and sometimes you won’t.  Achieving the goal is not what is important; it is how you got there that matters.”


What does it mean to be Vice President for LRTA?

“The 2nd Vice President serves as chairman of LRTA’s State Program Committee which helps districts on program promotion.  I have chosen to focus on preparing programs to help our membership navigate the political horizon and to understand proposals in the legislature that could impact both retired and future education retirees.  

LRTA is a very well organized association across the state and I want to capitalize on that by encouraging our members to be politically active and advocate for our legislative goals.”

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