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Jack Nicholson, Ph.D., MBA, CLU, CPCU

Director, Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center

Research Professor I in Risk Management & Insurance, Real Estate, and Legal Studies, Florida State University


Dr. Jack Nicholson is the Director of the Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center. He has the position of Research Faculty I in the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate, and legal Studies at Florida State University.  

Dr. Nicholson served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (FHCF) for the State Board of Administration of Florida from 1994 to 2016. In addition, Dr. Nicholson served on the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology (Commission) and served as its chair for the first two years.  At the State Board of Administration, Dr. Nicholson had the additional responsibility of overseeing the Insurance Capital Build-up Incentive Program. Prior to coming to the State Board of Administration in September of 1994, Dr. Nicholson worked for the Florida Department of Insurance for eight years. 

 Jack Nicholson received his Ph.D. in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Georgia in 1980 where he also earned his undergraduate degree in Business with a major in insurance. He received an M.B.A. from the University of North Dakota while serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.  Dr. Nicholson also has the professional designations of C.L.U. (Chartered Life Underwriter) and C.P.C.U. (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter). He has taught in the area of Risk Management and Insurance at the University of Georgia, the University of Iowa, and Florida State University.