Kelley Nichols, Ph.D.

Dr. Kelley NicholsAssociate Professor of Accounting

Phone: (417) 873-7458
Office: Breech 203
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B.S., Accounting, Southwest Missouri State University, 1979
M.B.A., Drury College, 1992
Ph.D., Accounting, University of Oklahoma, 1997

Drury University faculty member since 1995
Associate Professor since 2001

Professional Affiliations
American Accounting Association
American Society of Women Accountants
American Taxation Association
Minorities in Business

Student Organization Affiliations
The Executives
Edward Jones Scholars

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Faculty Profile

Dr. Kelley Nichols is in her 21st year with Drury University.  Kelley has returned full time to the Breech School of Business after directing the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship for the past five years.  A graduate of Drury's Master of Business Administration program, Kelley went on to earn her Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Oklahoma.  Her teaching areas have focused on tax, financial statement analysis, management decision analysis, and auditing.  She annually directed the free income tax service for low-income and senior citizen taxpayers provided by Drury accounting majors for fourteen years. Additionally, Kelley was the first director of the Arts Administration program at Drury University.  Her research interests are primarily in federal and state tax policy. 

Kelley worked in public accounting, as a chief financial officer and consultant before attending graduate school and becoming a full time academic. Currently, Kelley frequently provides mediation and expert testimony to the legal community.

Kelley has a long history in entrepreneurship both in her academic research and in the private sector.  She also has considerable experience in social entrepreneurship, both with new programming inside of Drury and with other non-profit agencies in Springfield. 

Outside of Breech academic and community responsibilities, Kelley serves Drury through her participation in the Steve Good Memorial Scholarship selection committee, Inclusion Council and faculty advisor to the Edward Jones/Diversity Scholars. Currently, Kelley serves as Past President of the Board of Directors of Springfield Little Theatre, the scholarship fundraising committee of American Society of Women Accountants, board member of Minorities in Business, and routinely volunteers with Friends of the Library.

In her personal life, Kelley is married to Nelson Nichols, who she partners with on farming operations at two farms.  Together they have five children and two grandchildren.  Her favorite things are yoga, gardening, hiking, skiing and entertaining her family and friends with good food and lots of laughter.