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Nanch D. Freudenthal - Diamond Jubilee Outstanding Alumna
Bachelor of Arts - 1976 - Philosophy
Juris Doctorate - 1980
Nancy Freudenthal says her A&S education advanced the most important "...three Rs in higher education -- reasoning, reasoning, reasoning! I value not what I know from college, but the lifelong reasoning skills used to answer what I don't know." After completing her UW law degree, Freudenthal immediately went to work as Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator for Wyoming Governor Ed Herschler. She continued in that position with Governor Mike Sullivan until 1989, when he appointed her to the State Board of Equalization. She has chaired the Board since 1992. Her responsibilities are primarily those of a judge, but also those of a tax policy maker. Freudenthal has been influential and instrumental in most of the major issues to cross the desks of two governors. The U.S. Department of the Interior has recognized her as "outstanding" her efforts to develop and implement state policy on coal mine land reclamation. She has formulated and evaluated state budget and tax policy, and has worked on welfare reform, Indian-state relations, education issues, state health policy, and a host of other policy issues. Many were complex, requiring a broad perspective and an array of values and insights. Her former law professor, Peter C. Maxfield, says, "To the extent that the qualities which Nancy Freudenthal possesses and which account for her many and major contributions on such a broad spectrum of issues are attributed to educational experiences, they must, in all fairness, be attributed primarily to her liberal arts background." Her warmest UW memories "...all center around the professors in the philosophy department. Whether engaged in discussions at small evening seminars, or guiding larger classes in the process of logic, they were caring and committed to the subject and their students."