Published: Dec 09, 2010 7:30 PM EST
Updated: Dec 09, 2010 4:24 PM EST

NAPLES, Fla -   In recognition of a generous and significant gift to the institution, Hodges University announced that it has named one of its schools of study as the Nichols School of Professional Studies after Arlene and Jerry F. Nichols.  The announcement was made at a gathering of students, faculty and staff Thursday.

“We are honored to be part of the growing legacy of Hodges University,” said Jerry Nichols.  “Arlene and I have always been passionate about supporting children and education and we have admired what Hodges has done for the people of our community.  From its leadership, staff and faculty, their singular focus is the student, and that is most important. 

“Hodges doesn’t just give degrees; they give self esteem and confidence.  Hodges allows people to pursue their dreams and their goals because they know that a diploma can change their personality and their lives.  It gives them freedom, independence and the confidence to feel good about themselves to ask for an opportunity they might otherwise not have asked for,” he said.

According to Dr. Lou Traina, Vice President of Advancement at Hodges, the Nichols have been longtime supporters of the institution.  “It is an esteemed privilege to name our School of Professional Studies after these two humanitarians,” he said.  “Jerry and Arlene have been long time supporters of Hodges.  Early in our history Jerry saw the future of Hodges and could envision not only what it could become but also what a thriving university like Hodges would mean to our area.  Today, his vision has become a reality and this gift will ensure that we will continue to offer the degree programs that the local business community is looking for in an educated and highly skilled work force.”