Scott G. Nichols
center on wealth and philanthropy
As of May 1, 2006, Scott G. Nichols serves as Boston University's vice president for development and alumni relations. Prior to his role at Boston University, Nichols served Harvard Law School for over 17 years as chief advancement officer. During his tenure, which consolidated all advancement functions, he has helped engineer two long range planning processes that have both led to successful campaigns. The first was the $150,000,000 Campaign for Harvard Law School, an unprecedented effort that was five times anything previously attempted in legal education. The Campaign exceeded its goal by $33,000,000. Nichols currently spearheads Setting the Standard: The Harvard Law School Campaign attempting to raise $400,000,000, which has achieved half its goal during its first public year. He oversees a staff of 65 and plays a senior role in planning Harvard University’s upcoming multibillion campaign.
Nichols served DePaul University from 1980-86, initially as Director of Development then as Associate Vice President. Prior to that he was Director of Annual Giving at Northwestern University and held a variety of advancement positions at Bucknell University including Director of Alumni Relations. He began his career teaching in Morocco as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Holding an undergraduate degree in economics from Bucknell, he obtained a master’s and doctorate degree in educational administration from the University of Pennsylvania. His doctoral dissertation was on volunteerism in higher education. He received the William E. Arnold Award at Penn for Outstanding Promise of Leadership.
Active in the profession, Nichols is a co-author of 5 books on advancement. He is a trustee of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and chairs the International Committee of the Board, the At-Large Nominating Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. He is also a trustee of CASE Europe. Previously, he was Vice Chair of the CASE Commission on Philanthropy. For many years he has served as a CASE judge for the Grenzebach awards for best scholarship, research and publications in the field. A frequent speaker on the conference circuit, Nichols is a recipient of the Steuben Award from CASE for excellence in presentations.
He has also served as a trustee of Bucknell University for over 12 years and is currently chair of the Educational Policy Committee as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.
For the past four years, Nichols has taught Principals and Practices of Philanthropy at the Harvard Extension School. In addition, he has taught the philanthropy module for many years in Harvard’s New Presidents Seminar, the Management Development Program and the Institute for Educational Management. His limited consulting has included clients such as the American Ireland Fund, the Academy of Arts and Sciences, Trinity University (Dublin) and has included a variety of U.S. institutions ranging from Cornell to the Nature Conservancy. Nichols is married to Muriel I. Nichols, an attorney. They have two sons- Spencer, a first year law student at the University of Baltimore, and Todd, a sophomore at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.