Board of Visitors emeritus member John Nelson receives an honorary degree from Ripon College

May 22, 2019

On May 19, 2019, UW-Madison adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering, UW-Madison alumnus, UW Foundation Board member, and Nelson Institute Board of Visitors emeritus member John Nelson received an honorary degree from Ripon College in recognition of his efforts to advance scientific collaboration in relation to Green Lake. Nelson also participated in a senior brunch forum with Marc Edwards as a part of the 2019 commencement theme, “Caring for Our Environment,” which recognized “regional partners and national exemplars who model actions to act locally on sustainability and conservation efforts.”

A longtime friend of the Nelson Institute, Nelson has collaborated with the Institute and the Green Lake Association on a number of initiatives that have helped to advance watershed management, particularly in the Green Lake area. Nelson and his family have also established an endowed professorship and a Distinguished Graduate Fellowship with the Nelson Institute’s Water Resource Management program to aid in research efforts relating to Green Lake.

During his commencement address, Nelson highlighted these projects and his connection to the Nelson Institute stating, “Progress on matters like these takes a collective effort and in an era of shameless self-promotion, it’s rewarding to be a part of something that’s all about the collective good.” Read more.

Photo courtesy of Ripon College