THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A report from Nicholls State University says the search for a new president cost about $87,000.

Nicholls Executive Vice President Larry Howell tells The Daily Comet the university regards the expense as money well-spent.

The University of Louisiana System paid more than $63,400 of the bill to hire Bruce Murphy.

Murphy formerly was vice president for academic affairs at Air University in Alabama.

The expense included $49,500 paid to the search firm, R.H. Perry and Associates, more than $5,500 for advertising and more than $8,300 for travel and meetings.