Gene Nichol is Boyd Tinsley distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina. He was director of the UNC Poverty Center (2008−2015) until it was closed by the Board of Governors for publishing articles critical of the governor and General Assembly. Since 2015, his research has been supported by the N.C. Poverty Research Fund. Nichol was president of the College of William & Mary (2005−2008), law dean at the University of Colorado (1988−1995), and dean at UNC from 1999-2005.
A Look at Persistent Poverty and the Rural-Urban Divide in North Carolina