Welcome from Terry Olson

Greetings from the WSC Foundation

It has been said that there are only two things certain in life, death and taxes. I believe change belongs on that list. WSC and the Foundation are undergoing a great deal of change. And though challenge often accompanies change, we are concentrating on, and looking forward to, the opportunities change presents.

As many of you already know, Dr. Raymond Nadolny resigned his position as WSC President in June. In my opinion, Dr. Nadolny was the right man at the right time for WSC. Dr. Nadolny came to Williston seven years ago filled with passion and vision. The pairing of Dr. Nadolny’s passion and the prosperity of North Dakota were timed perfectly. Positive change–continuous improvement—was Dr. Nadolny’s focus throughout his presidency. He will be remembered as a visionary who guided the College through the creation of a thriving, alluring, collegiate campus. Dr. Nadolny’s passion for things new and improved became the norm for WSC. During his tenure, WSC constructed a new dorm, science wing, and CTE center; redesigned the front drive; renovated Stevens Hall; and added two sports teams, positioning WSC to handily take on the future and the demands of a growing student population.

Dr. John Miller, WSC Vice President of Academic Affairs, has been named as acting president. Dr. Miller is a great educator and will do tremendous work in his new role. In my opinion, he has worked diligently in his short time at WSC to earn the respect and confidence of both the Foundation board and the staff of WSC.

This year is also bringing about exciting changes for the Foundation and WSC alumni. Diane Hagan worked feverishly in the 1980s to get an alumni association going, but the association has been dormant for quite some time. Combining the alumni association with the Foundation, which most institutions in our state do, has long been a goal of the Foundation. The key to having a successful alumni association is having a dedicated, passionate alumnus to direct it, and we are fortunate to have Hunter Berg stepping into that role. We are happy to welcome Hunter to the Foundation, as he has the passion for WSC we were looking for. Alumni get ready!

Scholarship expansion is always on the Foundation agenda. Increasing the numbers of students we serve through scholarships is our priority. We have expanded our free tuition and fee scholarship program to include additional regional counties along with the Williams County Scholarship program. We hope students will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Scholarships and other benefits that WSCF provides for WSC students are, of course, the results of the generosity of our donors – past, present and future. I encourage you to read about the Herman Family Trust and the Jane Nelson Endowment in this issue of the Teton Thunder. Both are fine examples of the impact selfless donors make. I also want to recognize the importance of the North Dakota Higher Ed Challenge fund. It has made a big difference for our Foundation, making our donors feel a part of something so big and impactful, and increasing the funds we have available for students. Thank you, donors, and the State of North Dakota! Our students are forever indebted to you.

ln closing, I‘d like to take a moment to reflect again on Dr. Nadolny’s time at WSC. The Foundation worked shoulder to shoulder with Dr. Nadolny on so many projects in these last few years. We were able to accomplish a great deal for the College and the community. What a grand journey it has been. Special thanks to Dr. Nadolny for leading that journey.


Terry Olson
Executive Director
Williston State College Foundation