Nicholls State University announced a significant gift by legendary businessman and philanthropist Boysie Bollinger to renovate the student union.
Bollinger, the chairman of the Nicholls Foundation Board, donated $300,000 to renovate the interior of the building. Renovations are expected to begin after Spring 2019 ends and be completed before Fall 2019.
“I have been impressed with Nicholls’ commitment to the people of South Louisiana,” Bollinger said. “These students will go on to become the leaders of this region and this state. I’m proud to know that I help enhance their quality of life and impact their education.”
Originally built in 1967, the building was named after Boysie’s father and founder of Bollinger Shipyards, Donald G. Bollinger, in 2000.
“We are so grateful to Mr. Boysie Bollinger and the entire Bollinger Family for their commitment to Nicholls State University and our students,” said Dr. Jay Clune, Nicholls president. “The Donald G. Bollinger Memorial Student Union is located in the heart of our campus and is the central location for student services and information. A generous gift like this affects each and every one of our students.”
Last semester, Bollinger’s sisters, Charlotte and Andie, donated to renovate the Cotillion Ballroom inside the student union, and adjacent conference rooms have been renamed the Bollinger Suite.
The Bollinger Family and Nicholls have a storied history of promoting access to education to all in the Bayou Region. Bollinger and his father have each received honorary doctorates from Nicholls and Charlotte delivered the Fall 2018 commencement speech.
In 1997, Bollinger, Charlotte and Andie, donated the first $1 million endowment in Nicholls history.