He has played a key role in numerous initiatives to modernize the state’s IT infrastructure and served on national boards responsible for developing and recommending technology policies and practices.

He provides executive leadership for Georgia’s state portal, www.georgia.gov, including several critical enterprise applications and the webMethods Enterprise Service Bus. Georgia’s web publishing platform, which supports 85+ state agency websites and relies on Drupal, an open-source management system, is known for its use of best practices in web design, navigation, accessibility and accommodation of mobile devices.

Dr. Nichols received the prestigious State Technology Innovator Award for 2017 from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) for his leadership and adoption of emerging technology and innovation in service delivery. In 2012, Government Technology named Dr. Nichols as one of the nation’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in recognition of his contributions to advancing information technology in government.

Before coming to GTA in 2002, he was a principal consultant at Daugherty Business Solutions in Atlanta. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.