Meet Distinguished Alum Keith Nichols

The ISE Department held its annual Alum Hall of Fame Breakfast on October 27th as part of Red and White Week and inducted five new members. Four members (Mike Futch, Andres Medaglia, Keith Nichols and Tonya Smith-Jackson) of the class of 2023 were awarded the Distinguished Alum Award, and the other member (Lauren Davis) received the Outstanding Young Alum Award.

Keith Nichols | Distinguished Alum Award Winner


Keith Nichols is a 32-year veteran of the home furnishing industry. He is currently the Vice President of Manufacturing for Century Furniture, responsible for the operation of Century’s case goods and upholstery plants and trucking division.

Before his current role, Nichols was the plant manager for the Century Chair Division for 15 years. He is a 1991 Furniture Manufacturing and Management Program graduate with a minor in Industrial Engineering. Nichols resides in Hickory with his wife, Rhonda and their three children, Battle, Maggie and Henry.