Nicholas has 25 plus years of experience in governmental management and finance. A 1991 graduate of Florida State University, with a double major in Political Science and International Affairs, he spent the first nine years of his career as a budget analyst with the City of Durham, North Carolina. In 2000, he moved to the state of Washington, working as a budget analyst for the Department of Social and Health Services and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. In 2004 he joined the Office of Financial Management as a Senior Analyst for Health Care in the budget office of Governor Gregoire. After a seven year tenure with OFM, he moved to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, where he served as the Operating Budget Director. Nicholas joined Grays Harbor College in the fall of 2017.