Outstanding LEAD Alum

Outstanding LEAd AlumOne of the highlights of the Nebraska LEAD Alumni year is the naming of an outstanding alum.  With over 850 graduates, the nominating committee had a wealth of quality individuals from which to choose.  LEAD alumni have had, and continue to have a major impact in leadership roles across the state and nation.  This year’s winner is Senator Deb Fischer.

Senator Fischer, who is currently serving District 43 as a State Legislator, was born and raised in Lincoln.  She attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she met her future husband, Bruce.  Putting her college degree on hold, Bruce and Deb moved to Cherry County and began their life together on the Sunny Slope Ranch raising cattle and three boys.  In 1988, Deb returned to college for her last semester and obtained a BS degree in Education.  That same year, she applied for and was selected to the LEAD VIII class.

Senator Fischer’s former memberships include Valentine Rural High School Board of Education, Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education, Valentine Rural High School Foundation, University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council, UNL Chancellor’s Committee of Visitors, Nebraska Association of School Boards, Nebraska School Finance Review Committee, Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council, Governor’s Ag Advisory Council, Cherry County Visitor Committee, Cub Scouts, and 4-H Club Leader.
Currently, Senator Fischer holds memberships in the National Conference of State Legislators, the executive committee of the Midwestern  Legislative Conference, Ag Builders of Nebraska, Sandhills Cattle Association, Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Cattlewomen, National Cattlemen’s Association, UNL Chancellor’s Club, UNL Alumni Association, American Legion Auxiliary, Gamma Phi Beta, Nebraska LEAD Alumni Association, and is Co-Chairperson of the energy committee of Midwestern Legislative Conference.

Her honors and award include BILLD Fellow from the Midwest Council of State Governments Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership, NRD Farm and Ranch Conservation Award, Nebraska Association of School Boards Lifetime Achievement Award, Nebraska Rural Community Schools Outstanding Board Member Award, Nebraska Cattlemen Environmental Stewardship Award, Nebraska Section Society for Range Management “Rangeman’s” Award, NRD State Grasslands Conservation Award, Nebraska Branch Holistic Resource Management’s Holism Action Award, Kellog Fellow of the National Center for Food and Policy Research, and LEAD VIII Fellow, graduating in 1990.

Today Senator Fischer is making a bid for the United States Senate.  We alumni are very proud of Deb’s accomplishment and wish her the very best in the future.

It is my honor to present Senator Deb Fischer the Outstanding LEAD alum of 2011.