On May 17, 2018, the USI Foundation Board of Directors awarded Bix Branson with the Suzanne A. Nicholson Leadership Award.
Branson continues to be a leader at USI. Serving as Chair of the USI Foundation Board of Directors from 2008 to 2010 during the early stages of Campaign USI: Elevating Excellence, and continuing his service on the Campaign Cabinet, was essential to its success. Branson's service was invaluable and emphasized his loyalty to the University. Years before that, he oversaw what the USI Foundation now calls the Here & Now Fund (formerly the Annual Fund), and set achievement records which still are unsurpassed.
Branson currently serves on the Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Committee and chairing the Community Relationship sub-committee is giving wide exposure to the Foundation. A loyal friend, a Life Director of the Foundation, and a member of the President’s Circle all indicate his contributions exemplify the very best qualities of leadership and reflect the ideals of the University.
The Nicholson Award was created in 2006 to honor Suzanne A. Nicholson for her 20 years of service to USI and the USI Foundation, and is given to a person who embodies her dedication and spirit in meeting the needs of the University of Southern Indiana.