Stephen Nachtsheim is a director and past chairman of the board of Deluxe Corporation in Shoreview, Minn. He is a retired corporate vice president and director of Intel Corporation.
Steve graduated from Cretin High School in 1963. He received a B.S. degree in business administration from St. Thomas in 1967 and an M.S./M.B.A. degree in management information systems from the Carlson School of Management of the University of Minnesota in 1975.
Steve started teaching Computer Science at the College the summer after his junior year. After graduating from St. Thomas, Nachtsheim joined the staff of St. Thomas’ Academic and Administrative Computing Center as an instructor in 1968. Within a year, he became director of the computing center and then co-founded what became the Department of Quantitative Methods and Computer Science (now known as the Department of Computer and Information Sciences) at St. Thomas. After leaving St. Thomas (and hitchhiking around the world for the better part of a year), he joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota and was granted tenure three years later. He taught various courses and was a Director of the academic and research Computer Center for nearly a decade before joining a successful but not-yet-well-known company named Intel Corporation in 1981. (The company had invented the microprocessor in 1971.)
Nachtsheim advanced within Intel, working as director of Design Automation (1981), general manager of the Custom Products Operation (1984), general manager of the ASIC Business Group (1988), director and general manager of the Intel Products Group (1990), vice president and general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (1992), and vice president and general manager of the Mobile and Handheld Products Group (1994). He was elected corporate vice president in 1995 and named co-director of Intel Capital in 1998. Nachtsheim retired from Intel Capital in 2001.
He was elected to the board of Deluxe Corporation in 1995. He was named Lead Director in 2001 and elected Chairman of the Board in 2005. He was elected to the Board of Trustees at the University of St. Thomas in 2002. He won election to the Menlo Park (Calif.) Fire Protection District in 2009 and has served as its president from 2011 through 2013. He joined the Board of the Priory School in 1017. Steve holds three patents. He has written one text book on computer technology. He is a co-founder of Bluetooth, the wireless technology.
Steve and his wife, Jami, have one child, Katie. Katie is a 2015 graduate of the Priory and currently attends Vanderbilt University. They currently live in Atherton, California.