Scott Nichols '70
Scott Nichols '70 has devoted his career to positioning institutions and non-profit groups for success through fundraising and advancement leadership. After earning a degree in economics from Bucknell, he continued his education with both master’s and doctorate degrees in educational administration from the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation on volunteerism in higher education not only won him the William E. Arnold Award for Outstanding Promise of Leadership, it ignited his lifetime pursuit of volunteerism.
After beginning his career as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching in Morocco, he settled into a steady trajectory of career growth through various higher education positions. He returned to Bucknell to serve as the director of alumni relations, followed by a position as director of annual giving at Northwestern University and director of development and associate vice president at DePaul University. He served as chief advancement officer and associate dean at Harvard Law School for 20 years and later senior vice president for development and alumni relations at Boston University, where he retired in October 2019.
At every step along the way, Nichols was responsible for leading extraordinarily successful financial campaigns for these and other institutions. He has served as a consultant and fundraising coach to over 80 different non-profit organizations. He continues to teach at Harvard’s New Presidents Seminar and regularly leads advancement seminars at Boston University.
For the past 50 years, Nichols has served Bucknell in many capacities, as a volunteer, donor and professional. His unflagging dedication to the betterment of his alma mater has led him to serve on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, as a Reunion Class Volunteer, on the Annual Fund Giving Committee, on a Campaign Regional Committee and as an Alumni Admissions Volunteer. Additionally, Scott served for 20 years on the Board of Trustees, contributing to many of the board's committees in his tenure. He now serves as an emeritus trustee.
He and wife Muriel split their time between Boston and Florida. They have two children, Todd, a classical musician and Spencer '03 Bucknell, a Navy JAG, along with two grandchildren.