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Retirement 2014: Alice Nichols

Fall/Winter 2014

Alice Nichols’ time at Tiffin University that has spanned more than four and a half decades is ending. Nichols, TU’s Registrar, has decided it is time to retire. Nichols was hired as secretary to the academic dean and registrar in 1968.

“I can remember the day so clearly when Bob Morton (Placement Director) called me to see if I would like to come in for an interview since the University was expanding and another position had become available,” she recalled.

“I was the first person that students would see when they came in,” she said. “At the time, I answered the main phone and performed duties assigned by the Dean and Registrar. I also assisted the Director of Admissions, the Alumni Director, Placement Director, and the Director of Advertising with any duties that they assigned.”

In 1976, when Registrar Lyle Gebhardt resigned, Nichols interviewed for the position and was selected.

Nichols said her role has changed a lot since 1968.

“In 1968, enrollment was close to 500 students with the Registrar’s office having a staff of two including myself and now in 2014, with enrollment over 4,000 and a staff of 5,” she said.

Dr. John Millar, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Management, said when he first arrived at TU, the phone list could be pasted to one’s phone and Alice’s number was 16.

“If you needed to know anything you dialed 16,” he said.

“I plan to travel in retirement with my brother who has also retired,” she said. My goal is to visit as many of the US national parks as possible. I also enjoy spending time with my nephew, gardening, attending country music concerts, traveling to the Smoky Mountains and caring for my poodles.”