Nadolney takes reigns as Foundation board chair
PASADENA, Texas – Longtime San Jacinto College (SJC) Foundation board member, Frank Nadolney, has been named the organization’s new board chair. He takes over for Brad Hance, who earlier this month became one of two new members on the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees.
The local businessman has been on the San Jacinto College Foundation board since its inception in 1996. He feels it’s important to be involved with the Foundation because of the benefits the organization provides to students. “Scholarships help young people get ahead in life,” he said. “An education helps students get a job and be more successful. It’s giving back to our community.”
Nadolney is an avid sports fan, and football is his favorite. His father, R.F. “Peaches” Nadolney, played football for Notre Dame under legendary coach Knute Rockne in 1918 and 1919. While in South Bend, the elder Nadolney played with Curley Lambeau (his roommate) and George “The Gipper” Gipp. He then went on to a career with the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Badgers from 1922 to 1926, and played against two legends, Jim Thorpe and Red Grange.
The younger Nadolney has known about San Jacinto College since its beginnings 50 years ago. The Texas native grew up in the North Shore area, and his business has been located in the same area since August of 1962. The Nadolney family developed the Cloverleaf neighborhood in 1936. In 1943 the family donated land for the first school in the North Shore area, Cloverleaf Elementary School. His mother, Frances Nadolney, was an active philanthropist in the area. In 1975, Mrs. Nadolney donated land for the North Shore Little League’s R.F. Nadolney Field.
Nadolney’s passion for San Jacinto College runs nearly as deep as his passion for collecting sports memorabilia. When asked about his goals for the SJC Foundation for the upcoming year, he simply said, “To raise one million dollars.”
“The Foundation is delighted to have Frank Nadolney serve as our new board chair,” said Ruth Keenan, interim executive director of development. “He brings positive energy, expertise, and charm to the position. He is deeply entrenched in the mission and vision of helping our students achieve their dreams of education, and will work tirelessly to move the Foundation forward to greater heights.”
Nadolney is the owner of Nadolney Enterprises, a real estate brokerage firm located in the North Shore area. He is an active member and past president of the North Shore Rotary, and has been a Rotarian for 47 years. He has helped the North Shore Rotary club become the top fundraising club in North America, raising more than $4 million. He also served as a director on the East Houston Regional Medical Center board. He currently serves as a special commissioner for eminent domain hearings for the City of Houston, and has served 15 years as a Harris County Sheriff Civil Service Commissioner.
A veteran of the Air Force, Nadolney is past president of the “C” Club of Houston, the Houston chapter of the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers, the NASA Board of Realtors, the Greater Pasadena Board of Realtors, the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce (where he is also a charter member), the San Jacinto River Authority, the Harris County Fresh Water District #36, and the North Channel Crime Stoppers. He served 28 years as the state director for the Texas Association of Realtors, and six years as a director on the National Association of Realtors.
He is a graduate of Austin High School, and holds a business and economics degree from the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. Nadolney is a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and was a Houston Oiler season ticket holder for 36 years. He has supported a little league team in North Shore for 48 years.
In addition to collecting sports memorabilia, Nadolney and his wife, Carmen, are active ballroom dancers.
About the San Jacinto College Foundation
The San Jacinto College Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to enhancing the level of student achievement and excellence at San Jacinto College. Our purpose is to receive gifts, bequests, and donations, and to raise private funds to benefit the people of East Harris County, Texas. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.sanjacfoundation.org, or call 281-998-6104.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for 50 years. The College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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