LSU Accounting PhD Alumna Named New ULL B.I. Moody III College of Business Dean

August 3, 2020

Linda Nichols
Linda Nichols
Photo Credit: University of Tulsa

BATON ROUGE- E. J. Ourso College of Business PhD alumna Linda Nichols was recently named the new dean of the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Nichols was previously the dean of the Collins College of Business at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. She joined the Tulsa faculty in 2011 as associate dean, director of Graduate Business Programs, and an accounting professor.

A press release published by ULL stated the following about Nichols:

“Nichols said she plans to strengthen the college’s partnerships with South Louisiana’s business community. ‘The Moody College of Business is known for its research and scholarly contributions to the health of the regional economy. It’s an excellent foundation and reputation we plan to build upon.’

Nichols knows quite a bit about fostering relationships with business and industry, noted Dr. Jaimie Hebert, UL Lafayette’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. ‘She is recognized globally as an expert in the field of financial accounting and reporting for the oil and gas industry.’

Her association with the oil industry began in 1980 when she worked for an international accounting firm in Houston as part of its oil and gas industry audit division. She later joined Columbia Gas Development, an exploration and production company, where she held the position of supervisor of budgeting and economics.

‘Over the past decade alone, Nichols has provided industry training and expertise in 20 countries on five continents,’ Hebert said. ‘She has extensive experience in both the private sector and higher education, so she understands the relationships that can exist between these two spheres and the mutual benefits that can result from such partnerships.’”

Nichols is author of a Bloomberg Portfolio in Oil and Gas Accounting, which covers all aspects of upstream accounting in the United States, and she has published numerous scholarly articles with global reach. She also serves as associate editor of the Oil, Gas, and Energy Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal. In 2007, she received the Texas Society of CPAs’ Outstanding Accounting Educator Award, and in 1999, she earned as Outstanding Educator of the Year by the American Woman’s Society of CPAs.

Nichols begins her new role as Moody College of Business dean on Aug. 15. She replaces Dr. Geralyn McClure Franklin, the college’s interim dean since July 2019. Nichols’ appointment is awaiting approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.


About the Department of Accounting

The Department of Accounting at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business strives for excellence in teaching, research, and service to the accounting profession. With a mission of producing graduates at all levels who excel in their pursuits, the department offers undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for careers in various fields, including industry, auditing, finance, government, and academia. A key element of the department’s success is the outstanding faculty, who publish articles in top academic and professional journals and write textbooks and trade books. Additionally, faculty members are active participants in the accounting profession. For more information, visit, email or call 225-578-6202.



Bridget Conrad
E. J. Ourso College of Business