Attorney Nichols Continues to Set Shining Example
December 14, 2007
By Devon Quash
Ted Nichols, Esq. practicing lawyer and Bethune-Cookman College alumnus is featured on the cover of the November/December issue of Onyx Magazine. Nichols is currently a member of the Associate Trustees at Bethune-Cookman University. He is the subject of a three-page article that discusses his upbringing and accomplishments, including his work in civil rights and healthcare for the elderly.
Nichols started from humble beginnings and rose to a position of prominence and influence nationwide. Expectations are not always high for a person who was raised on a farm in small town Florida. The same can be said for Nichols, who grew up in a small township outside of Ocala called Kendrick, Florida. There he lived with his grandparents, Eliza and Papa James, on a small farm complete with cows, horses and pigs. However, Nichols did not let his small town upbringing hinder his ability to make progress and change.
He attended Bethune-Cookman College where sang in the Concert Chorale, traveling across the country and abroad, pledged Alpha Phi Alpha, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1962. He went on to receive his Master’s and Judiciary degrees from the University of Miami.
While living in Miami, Mr. Nichols served in many capacities including establishing the City of Miami’s Department of Community Affairs where he set up “Operation Badge,” a program that was responsible for sending blacks and minorities to the Police Academy. Nichols worked for the University of Miami along with serving as state president of the Florida Council on Human Relations. Nichols also worked for an HMO that served the elderly under the Medicare program before moving on to AvMed Health Plan. While serving with AvMed he concurrently attended the University of Miami Law School and obtained his law degree, giving him the opportunity to be the only full time black attorney of any HMO in the State of Florida.
Mr. Nichols now has a private law practice in Gainesville, Florida where he lives. He is the father to five children Danny, Marcus, Dallas (dec.), Jane and Tarrance. He also serves as President of the Alachua County Chapter of the Bethune-Cookman University Alumni Association. To read more about Ted Nichols Esq. and how he is continuing the legacy of Bethune-Cookman University, “Enter to Learn and Depart to Serve,” you can read the cover story on him in the November/December issue of Onyx Magazine available on newsstands right now or log on to onyxmagazine.com.
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