Dr. John Nichols Announces Retirement

June 6, 2013

Dr. John Nichols, Professor of Philosophy, Special Assistant to the President, and National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professor, has announced his retirement from Saint Joseph's College.

Nichols began teaching at the College in 1968. During his 23 year tenure as Core Curriculum Director, he shepherded the continued refinement and development of the Core Program, securing millions of dollars in grants and spending thousands of hours mentoring faculty and students on its utilization and execution. His work in education led him to numerous affiliations with higher education associations, including the Association for General and Liberal Studies, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the Higher Learning Commission.

In addition to his teaching, Nichols twice served as the SJC Vice President for Academic Affairs and has served more than 20 years on the SJC Board of Trustees. During his career, he earned numerous honors from colleagues, students, and professional organizations. He had 34 articles published on philosophy, liberal education, and general education; presented 123 talks to associations and other colleges and universities; and served as a consultant or project evaluator more than 70 times for other institutions.

"Dr. Nichols has been a campus leader at Saint Joseph's College for 45 years," said SJC President Dr. F. Dennis Riegelnegg. "His work with the Core Program has earned him an international reputation as a scholar. He has served the College tirelessly and in ways far too numerous to mention. He has been a teacher to thousands, a mentor to many, and a friend to all. Both he and his wife, Connie, have the respect and appreciation of the entire Saint Joseph's College community."

Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 34 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of 1,100 students.

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