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Linda Davidson, long-time Nicolet College Foundation board member, to retire


June 4, 2013

For 25 years, Linda Davidson has served the students of Nicolet College through her work on the board of directors of the Nicolet College Foundation.

At the end of June, that work will come to an end.

Linda has decided to retire.

She’ll be leaving as one of the longest-serving members to ever serve on the Foundation board.

Linda Davidson“Linda has been such an integral part of the Foundation for so many years that it will be hard to imagine a board meeting without her,” said Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster, who also serves as an ex-officio member of the Foundation board. “Her years of service helping so many students earn a college education have been invaluable. She’s created a true legacy.”

To give some perspective on her length of service, Ronald Reagan was president when Linda joined the board in 1988. Gas was a $1 a gallon.

“It’s been such a wonderful experience,” she said of her time on the board. “I have always been a strong supporter of education and feel honored to have belonged to such a great organization that has helped so many people achieve their goal of a college education.”

Over the years Linda has been instrumental in numerous Foundation fundraising events. These have included arranging fundraising dinners before Nicolet plays, organizing an annual bridge luncheon, helping with the annual golf scramble, and assisting with the annual Day for Nicolet campaign, just to name a few.

“Her level of commitment to the Foundation and to Nicolet students has been exemplary,” said Bob Martini, president of the Nicolet College Foundation Board. “She really serves as a role model for all of us. Her experience in fundraising has been crucial to the long-term success of the Foundation.”

When asked why she was retiring, her answer was simple.

“It’s just time,” she said.

Linda and her husband Mel, another stalwart volunteer who is also reducing his role in community organizations, decided they wanted to spend more time traveling – especially in the winter, and doubly so after this past winter when snow and ice lingered long past usual.

Heather Schallock, executive director of the Nicolet College Foundation, said Linda will definitely be missed.

“She’s taught me so much,” Heather said. “We are definitely going to miss her wisdom and experience on the board. She’s contributed so much, all in the name of helping students and advancing higher education in the Northwoods.”

Even though Linda will be leaving the Foundation in an official capacity, Heather said she hopes it is not entirely.

“I keep reminding Linda that I have her phone number and that I do plan to use it,” Heather said.