Nichols School of Professional Studies

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Thank you for considering the Nichols School of Professional Studies for your degree. We offer knowledgeable faculty and staff who are committed to assisting you on your pathway of educational success. Our faculty offers invaluable insight based on real-world experience in their areas of expertise.

Understanding the needs of our local community is paramount in the success of the Nichols School of Professional Studies. It’s also something we take seriously. Why? Because we strive to provide educational opportunities that prepare you for success in your chosen field. Students who are ready to work on their first day help local business add to their bottom line faster and improve the way of life for all of us in Southwest Florida. We have developed programs with a wide variety of disciplines that prepare you for the jobs of today – and the future.

Degrees that we offer include Interdisciplinary Studies, Criminal Justice, Paralegal and Legal Studies, as well as a certificate in eDiscovery / eLitigation. When you choose The Nichols School of Professional Studies, you can expect:

  • To master critical thinking, effective communication and research, which are three educational outcomes enabling you to be competitive in today’s changing environment
  • To receive a well-balanced, contemporary and challenging curriculum
  • A challenging and rewarding career in which you have the opportunity to put in to practice your educational theory.

If you are looking for online learning opportunities, The Nichols School of Professional Studies also offers both the associate and bachelor’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and the Master of Science in Legal Studies in an online format. Our other programs of study are offered in a combination of on-campus and online formats.

The most important factor in your education is the individual attention that you receive when you choose the Nichols School of Professional Studies. Small class sizes and one on one attention from our faculty make Hodges University the perfect choice to continue your education. The Dean, Dr. Mary Nuosce has an open door policy and invites you to stop by her office anytime, even just to say hello.

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Meet The Nichols School of Professional Studies Benefactor 

For the past three decades, Jerry and Arlene Nichols have been a leading force in generously giving of their time and financial resources toward bettering the lives of children and working adults throughout the southwestern region of Florida. In doing so, they have become role models for so many more to give of their resources and talents.

Jerry and Arlene have been instrumental in the growth and development of our institution and the community. In honor of their generous support of the mission of Hodges University and its students, the School of Professional Studies at Hodges was renamed the Nichols School of Professional Studies in 2010.

Originally from Ohio, Jerry and Arlene have been residents of Southwest Florida for more than 30 years.  Jerry serves as senior vice president for Brown & Brown Benefits and is a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, where he has been recognized for his community service four times. Prior to her untimely passing in 2011, Arlene had been actively involved in charity work and was formerly president of her own retail management company.

They have generously given financial contributions and volunteered time to their church as well as a countless number of causes focused primarily on local children and education. These nonprofit organizations include the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, Community Foundation of Collier County, Quest for Kids, American Red Cross, and the Ronald McDonald House and Care Mobile. Jerry has also been named a Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Laureate.

Jerry has been actively involved with Hodges University for years, including his service as chairman of the Hodges University President’s Society in 2008; his support of the American Military Veterans Education Fund, which provides scholarship assistance to returning veterans seeking higher education at Hodges University; and the establishment of an endowment fund at Hodges University to ensure the institution’s future.

In 2008, Hodges University selected Jerry and Arlene Nichols as its 2008 Humanitarians of the Year.

Throughout their lives, Jerry and Arlene encouraged others to feel good about giving to and helping volunteer their time to charities. Jerry continues this legacy of giving back to the community through his commitment to education and the children initiatives of the nonprofit organizations he supports.