Nichols College alumnus contributes $1 million to advance innovation in data science

January 24, 2024

DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College received a $1 million gift from an alumnus of the school who wishes to remain anonymous. The gift will support the innovative work of Nichols faculty and students in advancing knowledge and the critical data science skills needed for today’s workforce.  

“Nichols College has been at the forefront of preparing graduates for the digital transformation of business through our signature student-managed programs in intelligent process automation and real-world consulting,” said Bill Pieczynski, interim president of Nichols. “A gift of this magnitude will greatly enhance these already robust efforts by expanding research and experiential learning opportunities that ultimately broaden career prospects for our students.  

“I am immensely grateful to the donor, not only for his generosity but for his foresight in recognizing the impact this gift will have on educating the next generation of professionals.” 

Nichols currently immerses students in a range of data science and student-managed initiatives, including training on specialized software to create bots, or robotic process automations, to solve business challenges for area companies and nonprofit organizations. The gift will support additional technology and resources, increase experiential and leadership opportunities for students, and promote Nichols’ preeminence as a college of choice for data science.  

AboutNichols College  

Nichols College has earned business accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools and the largest business education network connecting learners, educators, and businesses worldwide. Founded in 1815, Nichols College transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education. Nichols offers real-world learning focused on professional depth – combined with vibrant living, competitive athletics, and an unmatched alumni advantage – equipping students to exceed their own expectations. To learn more about Nichols College, visit  

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