Nelson served 25 years at Deloitte, retiring in June this year, recently serving as Managing Partner of the North Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas practices headquartered in Dallas. Under his leadership the firm grew from fewer than 1,000 employees to more than 1,600. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Dallas Symphony Association and is Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors of the Texas Israel Chamber of Commerce, which he will help lead a Texas delegation to Israel in October with Texas Governor Rick Perry. In addition, Nelson is as a member of the Board of Directors of United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas, Dallas Regional Chamber and Dallas Arboretum.
"We are so pleased to have Blaine Nelson join our mission," says Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, The Cooper Institute Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Board of Trustees. "He has the relationships, the leadership, the talent and the vision to expand the local, national and global impact of The Cooper Institute."
Established by Dr. Cooper in 1970, The Cooper Institute conducts groundbreaking research on the relationship between exercise and health benefits. What began as a system of shoeboxes and index cards to record data from Cooper Clinic patients, has become the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study—the first, largest and most comprehensive database on health and fitness in the world. The database continues to be the foundation of research that influences public health policies and practices in the United States and abroad.
Under Nelson's leadership The Cooper Institute will evolve its influence into new areas of research to ensure that today's science is translated into tomorrow's solutions for health in schools, homes, workplaces and communities. In addition, Nelson will focus on the organization's education initiatives—helping to reduce the childhood obesity rate through programs like NFL PLAY 60 FITNESSGRAM®, NutriGram and the Healthy Zone School Recognition Program, as well as educating health and fitness professionals to take healthy-living messages to their communities.
"One of my goals is to attract new people to The Cooper Institute in a meaningful way that makes them want to support our life-changing work," says Nelson. "I look forward to building on the legacy of past successes while creating relevant and practical solutions for tomorrow's health. With our great team of dedicated researchers, educators and physicians focused on improving lives of adults and children, we will Cooperize the world."
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