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Nichole Dyer Fannin

Executive Director of Development
University of West Georgia
Award Winner
2021 District III Emerging Leader Award


A native of Trion, Georgia, Nichole Dyer Fannin has spent nearly a decade working to promote philanthropy and showcase the empowerment that comes from giving—for both the donor and recipient.

At the University of West Georgia (UWG), Dyer Fannin has served to enhance institutional visibility and success through the institution’s Strategic Plan Steering Team, helping to guide the stakeholder-based process involving more than 1,300 individuals from across campus and community, worked to position the university for success in receiving the Carnegie Foundation’s classification recognition for community engagement in 2020 as part of the Community Engagement Scout Team, and in helping to lead the UWG Foundations to success in the institution’s first-ever comprehensive campaign.

Before joining the UWG Office of Development, she served as regional director with Action Ministries, sales account manager for Southwire Company, and as the executive director for the Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce. She has been actively involved in many organizations and groups, including the UWG Alumni Association Board of Directors, Southwire 12 for Life Mentor Program, Historic High-Country Travel Association, Chattooga County Tourism Committee, Chattooga County Adult Literacy Group, Leadership Chattooga, and the Georgia Academy for Economic and Leadership Development.

In 2006, she was named Chattooga County Business Woman of the Year by the Women’s Organization of Cloudland, Georgia. In 2013, she was recognized in the inaugural class of UWG’s Thriving Under Thirty award recipients.

Dyer Fannin holds a bachelor of arts in political science and a master's in public administration from the University of West Georgia. Nichole is married to Cole Fannin, and they have three children.