Rev. Dr. Reginald T. W. Nichols was named the fourth President of The Piney Woods School in Piney Woods, Mississippi, on July 1, 2006. He brings with him a wealth of experience in education, strategic planning, capacity building, servant leadership, and fund development from work with organizations and schools in the U.S. and abroad.
Born in Belgium and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Nichols received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts. 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.
REGINALD T. W. NICHOLS, Ed.D.
The Piney Woods School
He has been involved in education and community service as an elementary and middle school principal, marriage and family counselor, executive director, organizational development consultant and faculty member for 30 years in Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., California, and Texas. He also has had the opportunity to travel around the world as a W.K. Kellogg International Leadership Fellow and a Salzburg Seminar Fellow, where he has led youth projects and seminars and worked with Caribbean, Latin American and South African leaders to increase leadership and organizational effectiveness and diversity for those in underserved communities. He has received numerous awards for his work in education and ministry throughout the country including one from the City of San Antonio, TX and an Image Award in Education from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
He was ordained in 1983 and has worked as a Youth Minister, Associate Pastor, and Pastor in United Methodist and Presbyterian churches in Richmond, California; Oakland California; and in San Antonio, Texas. He serves on a number of non-profit boards including Rankin County Mississippi Chamber of Commerce, Mississippi World Trade Center, Southern Association of Independent Schools, and Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance.
An avid small car collector and a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Dr. Nichols enjoys reading, traveling, and bringing hope through education to the lives of God’s people around the world.
He is married to Vanessa and is the father of four adult sons, two daughters-in-law, and one adorable granddaughter.