Jane Nichols named vice chancellor for academic and student affairs

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LAS VEGAS – Dr. Jane Nichols, former chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education, will be returning to the chancellor’s office as the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.

Nichols, who had retired as chancellor in May 2004, was asked by Chancellor James E. Rogers to lead the academic efforts of Nevada’s only public system of higher education. Prior to serving as chancellor from 2000 to 2004, Nichols served as the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for three years.

“Dr. Nichols brings a wealth of experience and knowledge that we simply can not find anywhere else in the nation,” said Rogers. “Her extensive background with our System, coupled with her talent for innovation, will provide an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically enhance our academic programs.”

Nichols will start on September 1, 2005 and will work out of the chancellor’s office in Reno.

Prior to joining the UCCSN 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/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).

The Nevada Board of Regents is the elected, 13-member governing body for the Nevada System of Higher Education. Comprising two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, the NSHE serves the educational and job training needs of the nation’s fastest growing state. As Nevada’s only system of higher education, the NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students.