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Kim Nichols

Kim Nichols and her husband

What jobs did you have before coming to WVU?

Retail, I also worked as a premier seating person which got me interested in sports management. Retail was the biggest thing. I worked at Elder Beerman, American Eagle Outfitters, Gap, Shoe Department, HIbbets - to name a few.

What has been the best or most enjoyable time/class/moment in your job?

The most enjoyable time is seeing the kids graduate, especially the ones that you connect with. Helping them get their degree is the best.

What’s one thing you wish you had known in college?

I think the big thing is knowing that eventually maybe doing an internship or being a little bit more marketable, you know doing more things within my field, to help me get away. I stayed here, but I wish now I would have gone away to school.

What’s one thing you recently learned?

Kids in the foster system really do need people to be there to love them and to adopt them. That’s something I’ve learned just by being a foster parent.

If you won a billion dollars, what would you do with the money?

The first thing everybody would say is pay off all my debt, which I’m very proud to say I don’t owe hardly anybody anything. The other thing is that I’d give to a couple charities just to make sure that people I care about are taken care of. 


I would take the money and try to revamp the adoption process and try to get a grant for kids that are in foster care who have to stay all the way through because no one would take them. That’s a big thing for me right now because of going through it, almost having a child and losing the child because the system messed up. 


For children of all creeds, race, reading. I do believe that we are a dominant country and a lot of kids still don’t know how to read. In order for things that are going on right now with race, and people not getting along and people not accepting peoples’ genders and stuff, we have to start at home. How you’re raised is how you think.

What were you most grateful for in 2020?

That everybody that I cared for - family, friends, coworkers - were healthy and safe. I’m very grateful for where I’m from, the United States and from Morgantown. I’m very grateful that I’m from Morgantown because we didn’t get hit as hard as most places. Even though the vaccine rollout is slow, we can get to it more. We’re ahead of most places. I’m feel very blessed about that.

What were you most excited for in 2021?

I was excited to get back to a normal - or what would be a new normal - routine. To be able to go outside and not be afraid. 


Just for Fun

What are you currently reading? A Promised Land by Barack Obama 

What’s your favorite meal? Spaghetti  

What’s a song that you can listen to on repeat? Because of You by Kelly Clarkson 

What’s one thing you can’t live without? My husband and family