A Marinette woman was recently cited for her 28 years of service on the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Board of Trustees (NWTC).

Laurene DeWitt Davidson, who chaired the board of trustees (1996-1998) during a challenging period received a State of Wisconsin Certificate of Commendation signed by Gov. Scott Walker, for her distinguished service. She also received a commemorative clock for her volunteer services. Dr. Jeff Rafn, president of NWTC, and Jeff Rickaby, chairman  of the NWTC Board of Trustees, came to Marinette for the presentation.

Davidson was chair of the board of trustees when the college conducted its first nationwide search for a president to serve the NWTC network of campuses. She also chaired the board a second time (2005-2007). It was during that period when the college reached a milestone by eclipsing the 6,000 mark with fulltime-equivalent students (FTE) for the first time in NWTC history. 

She was at the helm during an impressive chain of advancements in the NWTC system, including successful referendum elections for campus expansion and improvements, the implementation of online classes, dual credit arrangements with high schools, and a host of other advancements in the field of education. 

“Laurie’s steadfast dedication in supporting economic development through a well-trained workforce was evident throughout her tenure as a NWTC trustee. I have appreciated her leadership,” said Rafn. 

Besides her contributions to the NWTC board of Trustees, Davidson was active in the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association, serving on the board of directors and human resources committee. 

Davidson was employed at the Enstrom Helicopter Corp. in Menominee for 33 years and had a profound interest in the industrial culture in the M&M area. 

The NWTC campus in Marinette has had a stunning record of success during its recent history of service in the M&M area. Thousands of students received their education at the Marinette campus, and thousands of workers have been trained there to fit the needs of advancements in industry, business and the health trades.

It’s easy for many of us to inadvertently overlook people who labor behind the scenes to make this possible. Davidson is one of those behind the scenes who made life better for our communities and our people.

We join the NWTC family network in offering our praise and gratitude to Laurene DeWitt Davidson for a job well done.