Brian Nichols


Brian T. Nichols serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the University of Kentucky (UK). In this capacity, he provides leadership, collaboratively guiding investment in and support of IT infrastructure and services that leverage the resources of the $3.5 billion enterprise in the fields of teaching and learning, student support, research, and patient care to create strategic, scalable, and sustainable information technology capabilities. Nichols has direct responsibility for the resources of UK’s central IT function, partnering with leaders and the campus community in the identification of opportunities to enhance the significant strengths of the institution. Prior to his current role, Nichols served nearly 20-years in a variety of leadership positions in higher education, including Associate Vice President (AVP) for Administration and Information Technology (IT) & Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Louisiana State University (LSU), Chief Information Technology (IT) Security and Policy Officer, Executive Director of Administrative Services and Risk Management, and in other roles in administration and finance, operations, application development, information systems, user support, audit, disaster recovery, and telecommunications. Nichols holds a BS and a Masters of MIS from LSU. He holds key security certifications, including a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) in addition to the CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor), CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), and CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) certifications. He is involved in various other efforts in the higher education community, including EDUCAUSE, Internet2, RUCC, NACUBO, and URMIA. Nichols was a member of the 2008 Frye Leadership Institute.

EDUCAUSE Presentations


EDUCAUSE Primary Representative
ELI Member

EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • Core Data Service Advisory Group
    • Working Group, 2013 - 2015
  • HEISC Governance, Risk, and Compliance Working Group
    • Working Group, 2009 - 2011
  • Security 2010 Program Committee
    • PROGRAM, 2009 - 2010
  • HEISC Risk Assessment Working Group
    • HISTORIC, 2005 - 2009