Boldt family makes donation to name John I. Boldt Study Space in Sesquicentennial Hall

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Barbara and John Boldt

In honor of alumnus John Boldt’s recent retirement, his wife, Barbara, and family made a donation to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Foundation to name the John I. Boldt Study Space in Sesquicentennial Hall.

John, a Platteville native and 1976 UW-Platteville civil engineering graduate, has often noted that having a great university with an outstanding engineering program in his hometown gave him the opportunity to pursue his dream of a career in engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, and has been involved in the consulting engineering industry for more than 40 years. John retired from Clark Dietz Inc., where he worked since 1994, most recently in the roles of president, CEO and chairman of the board.

“John has always been a proponent of the ‘pay it forward’ philosophy and has worked throughout his career to mentor and create new opportunities for the next generation of aspiring engineers,” said Barbara Boldt. “Our family is proud to honor John with this donation upon his retirement.”

John and Barbara also have an endowed scholarship, the John I. and Barbara L. (Bishop) Boldt Scholarship, which supports students pursuing engineering or mathematics. Both John and Barbara are UW-Platteville alumni, have served on the Foundation and Alumni Association Boards to support UW-Platteville and are 1866 Cornerstone Society Members.

“John and Barbara have been wonderful supporters of UW-Platteville,” said Joshua Boots, assistant vice chancellor for Development and Alumni Engagement at UW-Platteville. “Their leadership throughout the years continues to make UW-Platteville a better place. We are grateful for the two of them.”

For more information on naming opportunities for Sesquicentennial Hall, contact the UW-Platteville Foundation at