Dr. Edward A. Nicholson

Past President, Robert Morris University

As the sixth president of Robert Morris University from 1989 to 2005, Dr. Edward A. Nicholson set the pace for the University’s future. He fueled academic and research expansion to include the first doctoral program, and led the institution in its final transition to Robert Morris University in 2002. 

His nonprofit sector inspiration: “Talented people committed to organizational goals.”

Dr. Nicholson’s wish for the next generation of nonprofit leaders: “That they have conviction and the courage to persevere in pursuit of the mission without much regard for career moves.” 

Role model: “Herman B Wells, the youngest president of Indiana University at age 35, served for 25 years and then as Chancellor for another 37 years. He made IU into an internationally recognized center for research and scholarship.”

Dr. Nicholson’s 16-year RMU tenure by the numbers: 

  • The Campaign for the 21st Century raised $24 million
  • 5 new major campus facilities constructed
  • 5 new varsity sports teams
  • 4 new applied research centers including The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
  • 1 Pittsburgh Speakers Series, a popular regional program since 2002

These days: “I am retired, spending much time in Florida and at Lake Erie in Ohio.”

Breakfast and reading: The New Yorker and the New York Times with a bowl of oats.

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