Roz Nichols, District 9
Dr. Nichols is a native of Memphis, TN and graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and LeMoyne Owen College. In 1996, she graduated from the Memphis Theological Seminary and in 2004, received her Doctor of Ministry degree from Virginia Union University.
In 1998, following the death of a childhood friend as a result of domestic violence, Dr. Nichols organized A More Excellent Way, Inc. (AWay), with a mission to help individuals from all walks of life enter into, engage in, and maintain spiritually healthy relationships toward the elimination of relationship violence.
Dr. Nichols had the privilege, as the first ordained clergy woman, to serve as visiting professor at the Gweru Baptist Theological Seminary in Zimbabwe, South Africa, travelled with a group of church planters throughout China, and in 2008 participated in a renewal pilgrimage to Galilee and Jerusalem.
She served on the Board of Directors for Omni Prep Academy, is an advisor for Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis, member of UAV901 (United Against Violence 901), and on the executive team of MICAH (Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope).
In 2012, Dr. Nichols joined the staff at Memphis Theological Seminary as Director of Advancement for Special Programs and is responsible for the production of the Dr. Henry Logan Starks Scholarship Endowment Fund and the Starks Scholarship & Awards Ceremony. In 2016, Dr. Nichols was named Executive Director for the Dr. Henry Logan Starks Institute on Faith, Race and Social Justice -- now in development. Dr. Nichols has received numerous awards, is a Memphis Leadership Graduate, a lifetime member of the NAACP and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter.