Dr. Reginald T.W. Nichols

Vice President for Academic Affairs & CAO
Portland, Oregon
United States

Focus Areas

Economic Security
Community Development
Higher Education
K-12 Education
Racial Equity & Healing
Racial Equity & Healing
Social Justice
Religion / Faith / Spirituality
Youth Development
Youth Development


Rev. Dr. Reginald T. W. Nichols has served as a senior educational executive, international and global program initiator, community service practitioner, and fund development professional in the United States and around the world for the past 30 years. He currently serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. Prior to his service at Warner Pacific College, he was President of The Piney Woods School in Piney Woods, Mississippi - the oldest and largest historically African-American boarding high school in the nation. Born in Belgium and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Nichols received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a Doctor of Education degree in Organization and Leadership – International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. He was selected to serve as a W.K. Kellogg International Leadership Fellow and a Salzburg Seminar Fellow, where he led youth projects and seminars and worked with Caribbean, Latin American and South African leaders to increase leadership and organizational effectiveness and diversity for those in underserved communities. He has received numerous awards for his work in leadership, education, community service and ministry throughout the country including among others, a resolution from the City of San Antonio, TX, an Image Award in Education from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. He has also been a guest speaker, lecturer, and panelist for a number of universities, churches, and organizations around the world. He is an ordained minister and has worked as a Youth Minister, Associate Pastor, and Pastor in United Methodist and Presbyterian churches in Brooklyn, New York, Richmond, California; Oakland California; and in San Antonio, Texas. He is a committed Rotarian and currently serves as President of the Board for Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance (KFLA). An avid small car collector and a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Dr. Nichols enjoys reading, traveling, and bringing hope through education to the lives of God’s people around the world. He is married to Vanessa and is the father of four adult sons, two daughters-in-law, and two adorable grandchildren.