Barbara A. Nick, joined Dairyland as President and CEO in December 2014.
Prior to Dairyland, Nick served in various leadership roles at Wisconsin Public Service Corporation/Integrys (now WEC Energy Group). She has 37 years in the electric and gas energy industry in a variety of leadership positions, including: President of Minnesota Energy Resources, President of Michigan Gas Utility, President of Upper Peninsula Power, and Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery and Customer Service for WPSC.
Under her leadership, Dairyland Power Cooperative has focused on resource diversification, sustainability and leadership development. Dairyland’s solar investment doubled the solar generation in Wisconsin during 2016.
An engaged community member, she has over 30 years of board service on various profit and non-profit boards. She served for over seven years as a director of Seventhwave. She is serving a six-year term to the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB), which includes oversight of state funds valued at over $100 billion. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and member of the EPRI Governance and Nominating Committee. As an advocate of strong and principled leadership, Nick is the author and editor of Lenses of Leadership, A Call to Action.
Nick earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Business from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and has completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.