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2022 Suzanne A. Nicholson Leadership Award recipient announced

May 23, 2022

The University of Southern Indiana Foundation Board of Directors honored Karen Walker as the 2022 recipient of the Suzanne A. Nicholson Leadership Award on May 19 at the annual meeting of the Foundation Board of Directors in the Griffin Center on campus.  

Walker was selected as the award recipient for her exemplary service and dedication to the University. She has, and continues to, strengthen USI's connection with New Harmony by raising the visibility of the partnership on the Historic New Harmony Advisory Board. Walker led the USI Foundation's 50th Anniversary Committee in 2017-18 and has served as a trailblazer for women pursuing careers and as a role model for students.  

"Through involvement, example and personal generosity, Walker exemplifies the very best qualities of leadership and reflects the ideals of the University," says David Bower, Vice President for Development. "In light of these efforts and accomplishments, she was the clear choice as the 2022 recipient." 

The Suzanne A. Nicholson Leadership Award was established in 2006 and first awarded in 2007. Susie Nicholson announced in July 2005 that she planned to retire from USI in August 2006. Foundation Board Director Bob Roeder '71, a member of the University's first graduating class, suggested honoring Nicholson for her 20 years of work in the Development Office. At its May 18, 2006, Annual Board Meeting, the USI Foundation Board of Directors adopted an appreciation resolution for Suzanne A. Nicholson.  

To be considered for the award, individuals must exercise a strong leadership role in fulfilling the mission of the USI Foundation, and they must embody Nicholson's dedication and spirit in meeting the needs of USI.  

For a full list of award recipients, visit


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