Monday, October 22, 2012

Trustee Emeriti Betty Nichols Street '66 encourages husband, David, to accept appointment to Randolph College's Board of Trustees

Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles featuring the five new members of Randolph College's Board of Trustees.

Despite the honor of being asked to serve on Randolph College’s Board of Trustees, it was the encouragement of his wife, Betty Nichols Street ’66, that finally prompted David Street to accept the invitation.

A trustee emeriti herself, Betty Nichols Street felt her husband’s financial background would be an asset to the Board.

Street, who lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, believes Randolph has a bright future. “After a difficult transition to coeducation, the College has seen three years of increased enrollment and is positioned to continue this and the other positive trends seen in the last years,” he said.

He believes the recent improvements to the campus infrastructure, including the Student Center renovation project, have added much to what Randolph offers its students.

Street graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after graduation, serving two years as an intelligence officer. In 1970, he earned his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

After receiving his MBA, Street worked in the investment banking industry, then the commercial banking industry, before moving to the corporate side. He held senior financial positions with two Fortune 500 companies and then became the chief operating officer of another Fortune 500 company prior to his retirement. Both before and after his retirement, he has served on numerous non-profit boards, including three secondary private schools. Currently, he is a trustee of the Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs (his high school alma mater).

His family’s connection to Randolph is deep. Betty Nichols Street served on the board for ten years starting in 1992. Her mother was an alumna, Mary Davis Nichols ’37, and her late father, John W. Nichols, was a trustee emeritus.

Street and his wife have three married children and eight grandchildren.