After 20 years of service, Dr. Russell Nichols - Hanover College
July/August 2006 Volume 14 Issue 6After 20 years of service, Dr. Russell Nichols to retireHanover College President RussellL. Nichols will retire June 30,2007, following his 20th year as presidentof Indiana’s oldest four-year college.Nichols is the 14th president inHanover’s 179-year history and onlythe fifth since 1879. Nichols made theannouncement to the Board of Trusteesat their May 13 meeting.“I have felt the duty to see the successfullaunching of the new Center forBusiness Preparation, The RiversInstitute at Hanover, and the Centerfor Church Leadership,” said Nichols.“Furthermore, over the past 14 monthswe have developed a clear set of strategicinitiatives for the future in anticipationof a major capital campaign. Thecollege is well positioned for the nextsignificant advancement in qualityand reputation.“However, a successful multi-yearcampaign necessitates a continuityof leadership without a presidentialtransition during thatperiod,” Nichols added.“Hence, the time is right forthe college, before embarkingon that important venture,to engage the next presidentfor sustained leadership tothe next level of excellence.”Phillip Scott ’64, boardchairman, noted that,“President Nichols literallyhelped transform everyaspect of Hanover College.There is greater facultyparticipation in sharedgovernance, more financialresources available to supportacademic programs, major academicand residential facilities have been constructedor renovated, and the investmentsof the college have increasedfrom some $40 million to approximately$200 million.”During Nichols’ tenure, the number offull-time faculty has grown from 74 in1987 to 110 today, and administrativestaff positions have nearly doubled. Theacademic ability of incoming classes, asevidenced by the SAT score, hasincreased more than 15 percent, ornearly 180 points. Fund-raising grewfrom $3.26 million to close to $20million in gifts from alumni, parentsand friends.Nichols has overseen a $45 millioninvestment in campus construction andfacilities renovation. The two mostrecent academic buildings are the $22.7million Science Center and the $11.3million Horner Health and RecreationCenter. Other projects include theOgle Center and Greenwood Suites,both providing apartment-style livingfor students.In U.S. News and World Report’s annual“America’s Best Colleges” issue, Hanoverhas advanced from a regional toa national liberal arts college rankingunder Nichols’ leadership. For thepast two years, Hanover placed as oneof the top 100 liberal arts collegesin the country, and the magazinehas consistently ranked thecollege as one of the besteducational values inthe U.S.Nichols holds a Ph.D.from Purdue Universityand the A.B. fromWabash College, as wellas an Honorary DoctorContinued on page 5Dr. Nichols and his wife, Pat,on the bluff overlookingthe Ohio River, during thisyear’s Commencement.