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Timothy Nichols



Personal Summary

Dr. Tim Nichols is the new Dean of the Davidson Honors College. Tim comes to Missoula from Honors experiences, most recently at the University of Wyoming and South Dakota State University, where he was Dean, 2008-2016. Tim is passionate about Honors education. He's taught a variety of courses, mentored student research projects, developed international experiences, and has been active in Honors education at the regional and national levels. He has served on a variety of local boards of directors, including art museums, symphonies, United Way, and Boys and Girls Clubs. He has roots in Montana's Flathead Valley, where his great-grandparents settled in the 1890's. Tim grew up in Washington's Yakima Valley and attended Washington State University for his BS (Agriculture), Master's (Adult Education), and South Dakota State University for his Ph.D. in Sociology. Tim and his wife Laurie, interim President of Black Hills State University, have two young adult daughters and an ever-changing menagerie of pets.


Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, 1986. Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

Master's of Adult and Continuing Education, 1993. Washington State University, Pullman, WA. Thesis: Barriers to Higher Education and Perceptions of Agriculture Among Hispanic and Non-Hispanic High School Students.

Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology, 2001. South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD. Dissertation: State University-Tribal College Collaboration: What Works, What Does Not, and Why.