Debbie Nelson, founder and principal of DNA Creative Communications, has been appointed to the board of trustees of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU).

“I am so honored to have been named to the board of trustees of SCICU. Some of my biggest priorities are giving back to the community and advancing higher education and I am excited to have the opportunity to share those visions with other business and nonprofit leaders from across the State,” said Nelson.

Nelson currently serves as a board member for the Rotary Club of Greenville and Meals on Wheels. She is also on the advisory board of Bank of Travelers Rest and on the board of visitors of Christ Church Episcopal School. In addition, she serves as the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards Committee Chair.

Some of Nelson’s most recent awards include the 2012 George L. Johnson Community Spirit Award presented by SC Public Relations Society of America, the 2012 Dream Achiever Award presented by the YWCA of Greenville, and the 2012 Gold Hermes Creative Award presented by the Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals (AMCP), among others.

Nelson holds a B.A. degree from Smith College, M.A. of health administration from the University of Michigan, and M.B.A. from the Citadel. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Greenville and Leadership South Carolina programs.

SCICU is a nonprofit organization that supports independent higher education through fundraising, scholarships, research and by facilitating collaborative activities among its 20-member institutions.

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