G. Ron Nichols is vice president-operations in the Mid-America Zone for State Farm Insurance Companies. After being discharged from the U.S. Army, he joined State Farm in 1971 in Murfreesboro. Ron was named vice president-operations in Austin, TX in 1989 and assumed this same position in Murfreesboro in 1998.
A native of Tennessee and a 1970 graduate of MTSU, Ron has earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations. He is past chairman of the Texas Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Fund and the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. From 1991 to 1998, he represented State Farm and the Insurance Industry as a registered lobbyist before the Texas Legislature and Texas Insurance Commission. He is currently serving on the Boards of the Tennessee Insurance Guaranty Association and Tennessee Life and Health Guaranty Fund.
Active in the Murfreesboro community, he is vice chairman of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Business Education Partnership Executive Board. Ron is a board member of Rutherford County Main Street and the Stones River Chapter of the Sons of the America Revolution. He is a member of the City of Murfreesboro Historic Zoning Commission.
Ron is a member of the MTSU Jennings A. Jones College of Business Advisory Board, a member of the MTSU Foundation Board, and the Blue Raider Athletic Association. He also served on the College of Continuing Studies and Distance Learning Advisory Task Force and was recently nominated to be designated as a 2003 Distinguished Alumnus.
He was instrumental in securing funding from the State Farm Foundation for the establishment of a State Farm Scholarship in the Martin Chair of Insurance at MTSU and the establishment of the State Farm Faculty Development Fund in our College.
Presented April 23, 2003
Jennings A. Jones College of Business
Academic Awards Banquet