NIC vice president of Student Services announces his retirement


|photo1|North Idaho College Vice President of Student Services Bruce Gifford announced his retirement Tuesday after what will be five years in his position. It will be effective June 30, 2006.
 
“I don’t know if I’d call it retirement, because I’m sure I’ll find something to do,” Gifford said. “We’re really making this move to southern Colorado to be nearer to family.” Gifford added that his wife Diana’s family is based in Colorado. “Bruce has done an exceptional job and he will be missed,” said NIC President Michael Burke. “He sincerely cares for our students and is one of the most likeable colleagues many of us have had the good fortune to work with. We wish Bruce and Diana well.”
 
Gifford started at NIC in 2001 after working as the dean of students and enrollment management at the University of Alaska in Juneau for 20 years. He has worked in higher education for more than 35 years.
 
At NIC, Gifford is responsible for overseeing Student Services, which includes departments such as advising, financial aid, student health services, the registrar’s office, admissions and food services.
 
During his time as vice president, Student Services redesigned the college’s record system, implemented a new orientation, advising and registration system, developed a new student code of conduct and helped successfully open the new NIC Residence Hall, among other accomplishments.
 
Gifford served as the interim athletic director for one year in 2003 and currently is serving as the interim director of dual credit, which allows many area high school students to enroll in college courses for both high school and college credit. In this role, Gifford guides the development of classes and student registration as well as serving as the primary contact for all of the area principals whose schools are involved in the program. This new position is expected to be filled with a permanent appointment by fall semester 2005.
 
“I believe we’ve made some very significant changes, and very positive changes during my time at NIC,” Gifford said. “The best part about my job is that my staff is exceptional. I feel I’m leaving the department in good condition.”
 
NIC will undertake a national search with a goal to fill the vice president of Student Services position by the start of the college’s fiscal year July 1, 2006.


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NIC Vice President for Student Services Bruce Gifford, (208) 769-3369

Posted: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005

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