Scott Nichols to Head Boston University’s Development & Alumni Relations

in News Releases, University Affairs
March 1st, 2006

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(Boston) – Scott G. Nichols, Harvard Law School’s dean for Development, Alumni Relations and Communications since 1986, has been named Boston University’s vice president for Development and Alumni Relations, announced BU President Robert A. Brown. Nichols, who starts on May 1, will coordinate fundraising and alumni services institution-wide at the nation’s fourth largest private university.

“Scott brings to the position the talent and experience of working successfully with alumni and friends to raise significant resources for the academic enterprise,” said Brown. “He has demonstrated the ability to build a very successful development organization by empowering his staff and by setting high standards for success. Furthermore, he has tremendous experience engaging alumni in the life of the university and rallying their support of key academic priorities.”

Nichols, a 33-year educational fundraising veteran and frequent author of publications on institutional advancement, completed a $150-million campaign for the Harvard Law School which exceeded its goal by $33 million. He leaves an ongoing, five-year, $400-million campaign which achieved over 50 percent of its goal in its first year under his direction.

“I couldn’t resist the opportunity to join Bob Brown and the outstanding team at BU,” said Nichols. “The university’s future is so bright, and the prospects for advancement are tremendous.”

Nichols assumes the role held for the past 10 years by Dr. Christopher R. Reaske, who announced his retirement in October 2004 but agreed to remain in the position until Brown, selected as BU’s tenth president in May 2005, named a successor. Reaske will stay on through the transition.

“Chris has increased yearly giving to remarkable new heights,” said Brown, who assumed office in September 2005. “He has set the foundation upon which the future success of our major fundraising campaigns will be built.

“In the coming year, Scott and I will work closely with the provost and deans to set the agenda for Development and Alumni Relations,” added Brown. “This agenda will dictate many components of our strategic plan for development. It is already clear that one of the major foci of this plan will be enhancing communication with our alumni and increasing their engagement with the university.”

Prior to Harvard Law School, Nichols was Associate Vice President and Director of Development & Alumni Affairs at DePaul University in Chicago for six years, and Director of Annual Giving at Northwestern University. A graduate of Bucknell University, he then served for one year in the Peace Corps as a teacher in Morocco, then returned to his alma mater as Assistant Director of Development and Director of Alumni Relations. He earned a masters and a doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.

Nichols has been a trustee at Bucknell since 1992 and he’s held numerous leadership positions at the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in the U.S. and abroad since 1999.

Boston University, with an enrollment of more than 30,000 in its 17 schools and colleges, is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States.

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