Nicholas P. Lovrich served as the Director of the Division of Governmental Studies and Services at Washington State University from 1977 to 2010, and retired to Emeritus status in 2011. He holds the rank of Regents Professor Emeritus in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs and the honor of being a Claudius O. and Mary W. Johnson Distinguished Professorship in Political Science at Washington State University. He has served as a Senior Scholar in Residence in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Boise State University, as an affiliate graduate faculty member of the School of Public Policy in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University, and is currently an affiliate researcher in the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah.
Lovrich taught Political Science at DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana), in the Graduate School of International Studies (now the Korbel School) at the University of Denver, and at Metropolitan State College in Denver prior to coming to WSU. He holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (1971). Lovrich is the author or co-author/co-editor of thirteen books and more than one hundred and fifty peer-reviewed articles and over 20 edited book chapters. He served as the chair of 30 PhD dissertation committees over the course of his academic career, and remains active in retirement as a collaborator on research projects with several of his former students in both Political Science and in Criminal Justice/Criminology. During the 1990s and through the first decade of 2000 he served as the Faculty Senate Representative to the Washington State Legislature for 10 legislative sessions, collaborating with his counterparts from the University of Washington, Western Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Central Washington University and The Evergreen State College to advocate for faculty interests.