2018 Founders Day Convocation


Dominique V. Nichols
Dominique Nichols

78th Annual Founders Day Convocation

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
C.W. Pettigrew Center Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Followed by a pilgrimage to the grave site of Principal Henry Hunt and Mrs. Florence Hunt.

Classes will be suspended from 9:45 a.m.- 1 p.m. so all students and faculty can attend.

Join President Jones and the FVSU family as we look back at our past in order to clearly chart our future.

About Dominique V. Nichols:

Dominique Vidal Nichols considers himself a testament to the power of love and education. He often says that had it not been for a great God, an amazing mother, and a quality education, he would easily have been a statistic.

A native and resident of Middle Georgia, Dominique began his academic journey at Fort Valley State University in August 2008. While at FVSU, he served as the freshman class president, chief of staff for the Student Government Association (SGA) president, SGA vice president, and the 2011-2012 SGA president. He was initiated into the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in 2009. At the 2012 Honors Convocation, Dominique was awarded the Henry A. Hunt Award for Excellence in Leadership by the faculty. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

In 2013, he earned the Master of Arts in Teaching from Georgia College and State University. In 2016, Nichols completed studies at the University of West Georgia, where he earned a certificate in Educational Leadership. He plans to begin doctoral studies in the near future.

Dominique was named the 2017 Bibb County School District Teacher of the Year and recognized as the Runner-Up for 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year. He has been teaching English at Westside High School in Macon, GA since January 2013. Additionally, he serves as the School Administrative Manager for Academics, the Senior Class Advisor, Beta Club Sponsor, Athletic Teams Chaplain, English Department Chair, and Safety-Net Programs Coordinator.

Nichols is an active member of the Universal Light Christian Center of Macon, GA, where he serves as a minister and worship leader, as well as the leader for Men in Progress-the church’s ministry for boys and young men. Presently, he is pursuing ordination with the Free Methodist Church USA. He credits his pastor and mentor, the Reverend Gail Tolbert-Smith, as a major catalyst in his personal and ministerial development.

Nichols’ personal mantra is that he is simply a beggar telling other beggars where he found Bread.

Fort Valley State University