UM Dean Named National Collegiate Honors Council Fellow

August 13, 2019

Timothy NicholsMISSOULA – Dr. Timothy Nichols, the new dean of the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana, has been named a 2019 Fellow of the National Collegiate Honors Council.

The prestigious honor recognizes his contributions to the national NCHC organization, as well as his distinguished career of teaching, learning, scholarship and leadership.

Before joining UM earlier this year, Nichols already had established an impressive career in honors education, serving as dean of the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College at South Dakota State University from 2008 to 2016.

“This recognition made me reflect on many great memories of wonderful work with honors colleagues and students all across the country over the years,” Nichols said. “My hope is that having an NCHC Fellow at UM will shine a national spotlight on the exemplary work being done by the passionate and talented faculty, staff and students of the Davidson Honors College. I’m deeply grateful for this recognition.”

The Davidson Honors College at UM attracts the best students from around the state, country and world. The college develops engaged global citizens and professionals who excel in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, problem solving, ethical reasoning and civic engagement.

NCHC Executive Director Beth Rathe said Fellows are selected by rigorous peer review after careful consideration of state, regional and national honors leadership. Fellows also generously participate in honors conferences, offer scholarly contributions to honors education, are involved in local and national honors professional development activities, and exhibit outstanding honors teaching abilities. They also consult and offer their services to improve honors programming at various institutions, as well as other considerations.

“We single out individuals who have made a significant difference in the reputation and influence of NCHC and honors education on all of our campuses,” Rathe said.

When nominating Nichols to become a Fellow, current Fishback Honors College Dean Rebecca Bott-Knutson wrote, “One of Dr. Nichols’ best qualities is that he truly cares about his students and will go above and beyond what is required of him to help students in any way he possibly can. Ask anyone on campus or any of the graduates who have had contact with Dr. Nichols over the years.

“I’m willing to bet each of them will have a story of how Tim Nichols made a positive difference for them, bringing meaning to people’s work, studies and lives – all the while building an army of talent to advance honors education.”


Contact: Timothy Nichols, dean, UM Davidson Honors College, 406-243-2534,