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MCI Appoints Fundraising Veteran as Dean of Advancement
Posted 07/23/2018 08:39AM

Maine Central Institute Headmaster Christopher J. Hopkins has announced the July 1st appointment of Alicia J. Nichols as Dean of Advancement.

As Dean of Advancement, Nichols will oversee annual, reunion and planned giving, marketing, communications, and alumni events at the School. She brings more than three decades of successful fundraising experience to MCI, having raised $22 million for Maine nonprofits. For the past 14 yearsNichols has served 60+ nonprofit clients as a fundraising consultant.

"MCI is remarkably fortunate to have Alicia join our administrative team to lead our Advancement and Alumni Office," said Hopkins. "Since coming on board as our campaign manager two years ago, she has overseen $2 million in contributions from alumni, friends, businesses and foundations, the completion of the $500,000 Koester Family Challenge and secured a $100,000 matching grant from the prestigious Edward E. Ford Foundation."

As a consultant, Nichols has managed MCI's Founders Campaign since July 2016, and over the past year, oversight of the School's Advancement Office was added to her responsibilities. "So many alumni have shared with me that MCI shaped who they are today. MCI has a 152-year history of educating youth and helping them achieve their goals," Nichols said. "I am honored and excited to work with MCI's passionate and committed staff, faculty, Board of Trustees and volunteers to expand the circle of alumni, parents, and friends who support the School's mission through their contributions and engaged service."

Prior to opening her consulting business, Alicia J. Nichols Fundraising Counsel, Nichols spent 21 years generating resources for Maine nonprofits. She was Director of Corporate Support at Maine Public Broadcasting Network, where she secured business sponsors statewide for radio and television. At her alma mater, she served as Vice President of Fundraising at the University of Maine Alumni Association, where she directed the staff in breaking multiple annual fundraising records. As Director of Development at Penobscot Theatre in Bangor, Nichols raised funds for the production season and the Maine Shakespeare Festival, and secured the Theatre's first three National Endowment for the Arts grants.

According to Norbert W. Young Jr. '66, the immediate past President of the Board of Trustees, increasing support for MCI is a top priority. "We are thrilled to have someone of Alicia's experience and caliber as Dean of Advancement at MCI. For the first time, we have a seasoned fundraising, media and public relations professional to lead our efforts. All our energies are focused on benefitting current and future students, and we believe Alicia has the strategic leadership to accomplish our ambitious goals. She has already expanded the culture of philanthropy at MCI."

Nichols attended the University of Maine where she played on the first women's ice hockey team. She graduated with a degree in journalism and has completed master's degree work in communications. She serves on the Sebasticook Valley Health Board of Trustees and is a 29-year member of Rotary International. Nichols was the first woman president of the Bangor Area Breakfast Rotary Club and is a member of the Rotary Club of Bangor, where she serves on the Board of Directors. She was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary and received a Block M Award for volunteerism from the University of Maine Alumni Association. She and her husband Dave Snyder live in Pittsfield, are ardent ice hockey fans, and enjoy traveling, cycling, gardening and home renovations.

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