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.
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.
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