William Edward “Ed” Nichols, bba 1964, jd 1971, is a practicing attorney and investment banking consultant with companies in the United States and Europe. He has served as corporate counsel, director, officer, and member of the executive committee of several public and private companies, including T-Rex Oil, Inc., General Environmental Corporation, and Three Forks, Inc. where he served as chief executive officer. He has been active in oil and gas operations in Kansas, Colorado, Texas, Wyoming and North Dakota. He currently serves as a consultant and in-house counsel for SetNet Global, Ltd., a financial transaction processing company located in the United Kingdom. He also serves as managing director of Nichols and Company, LLC, a management consulting firm. While living in Topeka, he was senior partner in Nichols and Wolfe, a municipal bond law firm. His wife, Karen A. Nichols, also graduated from Washburn with a ba in 1980 and jd 1983. His youngest son, John W. Nichols, is currently attending Washburn University School of Law.