One part professor, one part mentor, one part pal.
David Chicoine, then a UI economics professor and later in life a university president, was all of that — and then some — to a young Steven Deller.
“Dave taught me how to think like an economist, but more important, how to convey the insights gained from economics to a non-economist audience,” says the two-degree UI grad (MS ’85, economics; Ph.D. ’88, agricultural economics).
“How does one take complex ideas and write and talk about them in a way that a town mayor or state legislator can understand those ideas? These insights that Dave taught me have allowed me to become a successful Extension community economic development specialist here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“Indeed, there are numerous communities across Wisconsin that have indirectly benefited from the mentoring and friendship I received from Dave Chicoine.”