From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Nichols, George, III

(born: 1960) 

Born in Bowling Green, KY, George Nichols III was the first African American insurance commissioner in Kentucky (1995-2000) and the first to become president of the 120 year old organization, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Nichols left Kentucky to become senior vice president of the New York Life Insurance Company.

George Nichols III had served as the executive director of the Kentucky Health Policy Board, and as the executive director of product development with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kentucky. He was the executive officer of Central State Hospital located in Louisville, KY, and the executive assistant to the commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Mental Health/Mental Retardation Services.

In 2018, George Nichols III was named President and CEO of the American College of Financial Services [source: (online article) at The American College of Financial Services, 08/23/2018]. He has twice been named one of the “Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” by Savoy Magazine. The Cynthia and George Nichols III Intercultural Student Engagement Center at Western Kentucky University (WKU) is named in honor of George Nichols and his wife. Also at WKU, George Nichols III serves on the Board of Regents, his term ends in 2023.

George Nichols III is a graduate of Alice Lloyd College (associate's), Western Kentucky University (B.A.) and the University of Louisville (M.A.). For more see "Nichols finds the right fit," Best's Review, March 2002, p. 7; and SR69.

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NKAA Source: Best's review (periodical)

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