Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Merit-Loyalty Award

Nike Smyth Whitcomb ’66 of Chicago was recently named the first executive director of the American Writers Museum, the first national museum of its kind in the United States. In this role, Whitcomb leads efforts to fund and establish the museum, which is scheduled to open in Chicago within two years and recently launched its first traveling exhibit, “From Our Neighborhoods: Four Chicago Writers Who Changed America.” 

Whitcomb is also founder and owner of Nike B. Whitcomb Associates, a fundraising consulting firm she formed in 1980 after 10 years as a fundraiser for healthcare organizations. Her company serves nonprofits in many sectors, including arts organizations, health and hospital organizations, and universities. In that role, Whitcomb served as campaign counsel for Millikin’s “Advancing the Vision” capital campaign that successfully raised more than $125 million from 1996 to 2006, exceeding the original $75 million goal. She also completed the feasibility study for MU’s current $85 million capital campaign, “Transform MU.”

The first female president of the Chicago chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, she received the organization’s President’s Award in 1980 and helped write its first certification test. She is a frequent trainer and presenter at conferences on fundraising and management of nonprofit organizations.

In 1978, Whitcomb received Millikin’s Young Alumnus of the Year award in recognition of her achievements in her chosen field and loyal support of her alma mater. A charter member of the university’s Investors Society, which recognizes those alumni and friends who have made an estate commitment to the university, Whitcomb has given generously to MU, including gifts to the “New Horizons” and “Advancing the Vision” capital campaigns. She also has served as the 1966 class agent for fundraising, as homecoming reunion chair for her class, and as a mentor to Millikin graduates, including those who have worked for her firm.

Alumni Merit-Loyalty Awardees:

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George H. Fathauer '42
Elbert S. Smith '35
John H. Crocker '22
J. Harold Henry '23
Clarence "Red" Johnson '50
Estella Launtz '41
Ralph '37 and Ellen Horn Allan '39
G. William Harner '47
George D. Musick '51
Dean Stanley '15
Alex Van Praag Jr. '17
John K. Wells '30
Robert E. Linn '36
Alex Sarran '51
Lavelle Staley '50
Edwin Jokisch Jr. '26
Don F. McIntyre '52
Preston Jenuine '31
Paul Lauritzen '30
Theodore W. Bean '49
John W. Luttrell '53
Richard A. Dolejs '51
Howard L Gravett '33
Royce Huss '37
T. Douglas Johnson '27
Merle Chapman '59
Pearle A. Sutherland '22
John R. Waltrip '48
H.G. "Skinny" Taylor '30
Roger Lotchin '57
Larry D. Haab '59
Robert G. Kowa '53
Carl Lawrence '51
Lois Adams Lawrence '42
James E. Williams '48
Frances McClell and Mayfarth '28
John L. Davis '64
Katherine "Kitty" Lindsay '68
George Irish '68
W. Frank Elston '66
Bryden Carnahan '71
Thomas Beadles '30
Darrell Beck '54
Richard Quisenberry '56
Julius W. Hegeler II '50
Virginia MacDonna Dolan '81
Frank Tyrolt '54
Robert "Bob" Murray '50
Robert "Bob" Grissom '38
Mark Kuhnke '77
Douglas E. Zemke '66
Michael J. Karasis '70
Paul R. Rosteck Jr. '76
John May '65
Larry Foster '64
Kyle Lehning '71
Joe Browning '71
Bill Hopper '63
Luke Thornton '50
Joseph E. "Joe" Killpatrick '55
Mark Matlock '77
John Hortenstine Jr. '65
Julie Roe Lach ’97
Scott Flora '78
Kathryn Springer Kuddes '83
Nike Smyth Whitcomb '66

 
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL