Chancellor Jane NicholsDr. Jane Nichols


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A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Jane Nichols was named by the Board of Regents to serve as acting chancellor in June 2017. Prior to her re-appointment, she had served as NSHE’s chancellor from 2000 to 2004 and twice as vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for a total of 10 years. Nichols most recently served as acting vice president of academic affairs at Truckee Meadows Community College.

Prior to joining the NSHE in 1997, Nichols was an associate dean for the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno. From 1990 to 1995, she was coordinator for the university's core curriculum and university assessment and was an associate professor in the Department of Social Work from 1984 to 1990.

Nichols earned an Ed.D. in higher education with a concentration in administration and statistics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She also holds a master's degree in social work with emphasis in administration and casework from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and a B.A. (with distinction) in psychology from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College).