As a senior partner of the Academy Leadership Associates, LLC (ALA), an adjunct faculty
member of the University of Virginia, University of New Mexico, Southern Illinois University and
Webster University, Dr. Nicholson’s career in academics and law enforcement spans almost
three decades. His areas of academic expertise include leadership, management and
organizational behavior at the graduate level. He served as the Special Assistant to the
Assistant Director of the FBI Academy prior to his retirement from the FBI Academy in 2007.
During his career Nick has conducted numerous vulnerability assessments (VA) of various
government and private sector organizations’ facilities, to include teaching the VA process in
the Former Soviet Union (FSU). Additionally he is part of the teaching faculty for the Sports
Event Risk Management Program, University of Southern Mississippi
Dr. Nicholson is the former Director of the Center for Civil Force Protection, a National Institute
of Justice project designed to assist local and state governments in identifying potential
vulnerabilities and recognizing ways to mitigate problems associated with terrorist acts. He
served 12 years with the US Department of Energy (DOE) as a Special Agent. In his last
assignment with DOE, he was the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Standards and
Nick's career also includes experience as the Bureau Chief for Law Enforcement Training –
State of New Mexico, a sergeant assigned to narcotic investigations, and a special response
force commander. He is a member of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS),
former Vice President of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) in New Mexico, the
Vice Chairman of the ASIS Law Enforcement Liaison Council, and a graduate of the FBI
National Academy Session #176. He has published four books on security related subjects
(Butterworth-Heinemann & Perpetuity Press), as well as numerous technical reports and
professional journal articles. Additionally his book on Police Training and Instruction, based
on his PhD dissertation titled, "Study of Instructor Development Curriculum," is frequently
used by managers and instructors with training responsibilities.
Dr. Nicholson has co-developed curriculum for the U. S. Department of State in the areas of
Critical Incident Management, Valuable Infrastructure Protection, and the Development of a
National Academy for Counter Terrorism.
Nick received his BS and MS in Education from Southern Illinois University, and his PhD in
Police Administration from St. John’s University in Louisiana.