Freddie W. Nicholas, Sr. (Ed.D. ’73 Higher Ed) died January 28, 2016, at his residence in S. Chesterfield, Va.
Mr. Nicholas visited the Curry School just over a year ago at the reopening celebration for Ruffner Hall, where a conference room was named in his honor. He was the first graduate assistant in the Curry School’s Higher Education Program.
Upon completion of his doctorate in 1973 he became dean of curriculum and student development (1973-74) and then provost (1974-78) of the Downtown Campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond.
From 1978-79 he served as executive vice president at Virginia State University in. He was named president of John Tyler Community College in 1979.
After retiring from John Tyler Community College in 1990 with a designation as President Emeritus, he served as Interim Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System in 1991.
Dr. Nicholas never forgot his ties to the University of Virginia, the Curry School of Education and the Higher Education Program. He served for a time on the Curry School of Education Foundation Board of Directors, including a term as president. His service to the University of Virginia also included a three-year term on the Board of Visitors.
Dr. Nicholas was also active in his community and professional associations, including several offices with committees of the American Association of Community/Junior Colleges and the Association of Virginia Colleges, to name a few.
He has received many awards and honors, including Alumnus of the Year from the Curry School of Education and Distinguished Alumnus from Virginia State University. The Student Services Building at John Tyler Community College was named in his honor.