SDSU official finalist in Idaho presidential search
By The SDSU Collegian
BROOKINGS — South Dakota State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Laurie Nichols is one of five finalists for the presidential opening at the University of Idaho.
It would not be the first time Nichols has served as a president, albeit on an interim basis. For the 2008-09 academic year, Nichols served as the interim president at Northern State, with the understanding that she would return to SDSU after one year in Aberdeen and after NSU found a president of its own.
The opportunity at Idaho, which is located in Moscow on the Idaho-Washington border, would bring back Nichols to old stomping grounds. She was an associate professor at Idaho from 1988 to 1994.
From 1994 to 2008, Nichols served as both dean and professor in the College of Family & Consumer Sciences at SDSU. During that time, her college raised $3 million annually for scholarship programs, retention within the college went up 8 percent and created a new Ph.D. program in nutritional sciences.