2000-2009

Announcement Date: January 1, 2000

Robin A. Douthitt is named permanent dean, the school celebrates its centennial and breaks ground on what will become Nancy Nicholas Hall.

2002 Centennial Photo

2002 Centennial Photo

A world-renowned economist, Dean Robin Douthitt conducted influential research into the public’s perception of food safety, focused attention on the economic impacts of women’s unpaid work, started a support program for single parents working towards their bachelor’s degree, and spearheaded a mentoring program for women faculty to improve female retention rates. Douthitt was named Vaughan Bascom Professor and, in 2000, received the Cabinet 99 Faculty/Staff Recognition Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

The centennial celebration (2003-2004), ‘Live your Legacy’ is launched with the leadership of co-chairs SoHE alumna Mary Kunz Berge and her husband Paul Berge.

Ab and Nancy Nicholas

Ab and Nancy Nicholas

 

In 2004, SoHE alumna Nancy Johnson Nicholas (BS’55) and her husband Albert “Ab” Nicholas provide $8M lead gift for the renovation and expansion of the School’s historic building. At the time this was the largest gift in the nation ever made to a school or college of human ecology.

The 100 Women Campaign is launched in 2005 to honor women who have made a difference in their career, their family, or in their community and has a $10M fundraising goal.

Elliot and Frances Lehman provided a $1M lead gift for a teaching and research preschool laboratory in 2007. The Center for Textile Studies receives a $2M grant from the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. The school launches a Center for Nonprofits feasibility study with a campus forum hosted by Steve Gunderson, a former member of Congress from Wisconsin and CEO of the Washington DC-based Council on Foundations.