George Nichols III, an Alice Lloyd College alumnus and Board of Trustees member, has been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy magazine. The article announcing Nichols’ inclusion on this prestigious list ran on Market Watch, an online branch of The Wall Street Journal. Alice Lloyd College would like to congratulate Mr. Nichols on this achievement.
Mr. Nichols received his associate’s degree from Alice Lloyd College in 1980. He went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University in Sociology and Economics and a master’s degree in Labor Studies from the University of Louisville in 1985. Mr. Nichols currently serves as senior vice president in charge of New York Life Insurance Company’s Office of Governmental Affairs where he is responsible for federal and state government relations and the company’s Political Action Committee, the largest in the insurance industry.
Before joining New York Life Insurance Company, Mr. Nichols held the esteemed title of Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Insurance. He was the first African American Commissioner in the state’s history. During his time in this position, Mr. Nichols was responsible for regulating the state’s $10 billion insurance industry. He served as president of the National Association of Insurance Commission from 1999 to 2000. In 1996, he became special advisor to Kentucky Governor Paul Patton on healthcare policy and economic development initiatives for the financial services industry.
Mr. Nichols has also served in such prestigious positions as Executive Director of the Kentucky Health Policy Board; Vice President of Marketing for Athena of North America; Executive Director of Product Development of Southeastern Group, Inc.; Chief Executive Officer of Central State Hospital in Louisville; and Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Mental Health/Mental Retardation Services.
George Nichols’ success is attributed to hard work and character. His involvement in youth mentoring programs is a testament to his devout caring for young people and their future. He has worked diligently during his career to raise the visibility of healthcare needs throughout the nation. Mr. Nichols currently resides in Potomac, Maryland, with his wife, Cynthia Jean, and their three children.