Directors Mike Fuchs and Dan Hamann Provide Leadership and Involvement
Since Bellevue University’s founding as Bellevue College in 1966, most of its Board of Directors, including the original five-member Board, were business and civic leaders. Each of the nearly 100 who have served on the Board contributed time, expertise, and support to fulfill the University’s ongoing mission to educate students and meet workforce needs. Two of them, J. Michael Fuchs and Daniel Hamann, are profiled here.
Michael “Mike” Fuchs Saw Bellevue University Come of Age
Bellevue University came of age during Mike Fuchs’ three-decade association with the University. Mr. Fuchs was Chairman and C.E.O. of Omaha-based Fuchs Machinery, Inc., a regional distributor of industrial equipment and supplies, when he joined the Bellevue College Board of Directors in 1980.
Fuchs was active on the Board for more than two decades before becoming an emeritus Director, eventually resigning in 2010. During his tenure, Bellevue University became Nebraska’s largest private college or university with more than 10,000 students enrolled and nearly 3,000 graduated each year. He sold his company in 2011 and is retired and living in the Denver area. He and his wife, Charlene, visited Bellevue University’s campus in September 2018, visiting the University’s recognition wall, which bears the names of nearly 100 individuals, companies, and charitable foundations who have contributed $100,000 or more of support to the University and its educational mission.
Daniel A. Hamann Continues a Family Tradition of Service
One of six second-generation members to serve on the University’s Board of Directors, Dan Hamann personifies the exceptional talent and experience that have helped make Bellevue University an innovative leader in higher education. His father, Deryl, an Omaha attorney and business leader, served 22 years on the University Board, including two as Chair, before retiring to emeritus Director status in 2012.
Dan’s educational background, financial expertise and civic involvement all have been pluses for the University. He earned a B.A. in Architecture degree from Iowa State University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.
He is Chairman of family-owned Spectrum Financial Services, Inc., which includes an insurance agency and a diversified investment portfolio. He previously spent 15 years working for Great Western Bancorporation, Inc., including time as the company’s President. He supports local economic growth through participating in a network of angel investors that tracks investment deals and startup companies seeking capital to build and expand their businesses.
Dan joined the University Board in 2013 and was Treasurer of the Board’s Executive Committee and served on the Finance and Audit Committee and the Strategic Business Committee. He recently retired to emeritus status on the Board. He also served on the boards of the Omaha Community Foundation, Westside Community School Foundation, and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.
The Hamann Family has contributed to worthy causes over the years, and Bellevue University is proud to have the Hamann Family’s name on its donor Wall of Recognition, which recognizes cumulative giving of $100,000 or more support of the University and its educational mission.