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Whitworth University Board of Trustees elects David Nelson as newest member

November 12, 2015
The Whitworth University Board of Trustees has elected economics professor and businessman David Nelson, Ph.D., ’71, as its newest member.

Nelson is currently on the business & economics faculty at Western Washington University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1975 and taught at Oregon State University prior to joining Western in 1977. Nelson's teaching and research interests include money and banking, macroeconomics, public finance, economic education, forensic economics, and the economics of petroleum marketing. His teaching has taken him to international locations, to Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan, in 1992, and to Centro Mexicano Internacional, in Morelia, Mexico, in 1995.

In 1999, Nelson helped found the Western Washington University Christian Faculty Forum, the purpose of which is to support, encourage, and equip Christian faculty to fulfill their roles as followers of Christ and as university professors. Nelson served as steering committee chair for the next nine years; in 2007, he was recognized for his leadership by the faculty ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru), which honored him with the Erick Nilson Achievement Award. Nelson was also awarded the 2005 Distinguished Teaching Fellow by the College of Business & Economics, and, in 2009, he was selected as the MBA Professor of the Year.

 In addition to teaching, Nelson is the founder and president of Finance & Resource Management Consultants, Inc., a firm that creates study groups for business owners to assist them in improving their businesses. He is nationally known for his work in benchmarking performance in the petroleum-marketing and convenience-store industries.

“I’ve known David for nearly 20 years. Not only is he an accomplished academic leader; he is also a successful business owner and entrepreneur,” says Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor. "As an alum, he knows first-hand how a mind-and-heart education can prepare someone for a life of service. I’m excited about all that he brings to the board.”

Nelson and his wife, Lynne, met at Whitworth and have been married for more than 40 years. They have four children and four grandchildren, as well as an abiding interest in sponsoring children in developing countries. Nelson serves on the boards of Childcare Worldwide, a nonprofit organization devoted to helping the world's poorest children, and the Washington Council on Economic Education.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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