Lakeland honors retired Board of Trustees chairperson
Lakeland University recently honored former Board of Trustees member Barbara Gannon on being unanimously awarded trustee emerita status.
In approving the honor, the board recognized Gannon’s 19 years of service as a Lakeland trustee from 2003-2021 including six years as board chairperson from 2015 until her retirement. She also was recognized for her commitment to the success of Lakeland University’s Foundation and longtime dedication toward the institution’s betterment.
Gannon’s tenure as board chairperson saw significant changes, including David Black’s return as Lakeland’s president in 2017 and the search that led to current LU President Beth Borgen’s hiring in 2021.
Other highlights of her tenure included:
Gannon served in numerous leadership roles during her time as a Lakeland trustee, including chair for the marketing and development committee and a member of the task force that developed the vision for the institution that served as the foundation for Lakeland’s 2020 strategic plan.
She is retired following a long tenure as vice president of corporate communications at Sargento Foods. She remains actively involved in several causes in Sheboygan County.