David Nichols, P.E., was appointed Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation on April 2, 2013.
Nichols began his career with MoDOT in 1984. During his 29-year career, he has served in a variety of leadership roles including district engineer for the department’s northwest district headquartered in St. Joseph. He has also worked in MoDOT’s Kansas City district. Nichols was appointed Chief Engineer of the department on March 4, 2011. As Chief Engineer, Nichols oversaw MoDOT's construction and maintenance activities statewide.
He is active in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the National Society of Professional Engineers. The University of Missouri Civil Engineering Academy has also honored him as a member of its distinguished alumni.
Nichols and his wife Leslie have one daughter.