Rev. Dr. Reginald T. W. Nichols, Senior Consultant, brings over 40 years of fund development, executive leadership, organizational development, and ministry leadership experience to his work at The FOCUS Group. He recently served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Warner Pacific University in Portland, OR. Before his time in Oregon, he served as the fourth President of The Piney Woods School in Piney Woods, Mississippi, the largest and oldest historically African American boarding school in the nation. While there, he led several successful annual and capital fund campaigns. He has also served on the faculty and administration at Patten University in Oakland, CA, and at the University of San Francisco. In addition, he has been a principal and teacher in various K-12 schools in California and Texas. He also served as Director of Development at San Francisco Theological Seminary, responsible for a successful endowed chair campaign and the annual fund.
Dr. Nichols served as a W.K. Kellogg International Leadership Fellow, a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow, and a New Leadership Academy Fellow with the University of Michigan. During these fellowship opportunities, he worked with U.S., Caribbean, Latin American, and South African leaders in fund development, strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, leadership coaching, and diversity.
Born in Belgium and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Nichols received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts. In addition, 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 is an ordained minister and has served in Presbyterian and United Methodist churches in New York, California, and Texas.
He is married to Vanessa and is the father of four adult sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren. As a world traveler, avid car lover, and tech geek, you can find him traveling, attending car shows, and experimenting with the latest gadget in his spare time.