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Reposting of article which appeared in the spring 2015 edition of The Phi Gamma Delta:

It used to be, when a new semester began at the University of Idaho, Bruce Pitman (Purdue 1971) would give out his home phone number to the parents of incoming freshmen at the end of every parent orientation so they could have access to him after hours.

When the fall semester of 2014 came to an end, Brother Pitman began a new chapter of life after serving the University for 41 years, mostly recently as dean of students and vice provost of student affairs.

In honor of his retirement and selfless service, the Idaho State Board of Education renamed UI's Student Union Building The Pitman Center.

Throughout Bruce's tenure, he tackled tough issues to make life better for the students. Some of those issues included tragedy, death, health, campus safety, mental illness and sexual assault. Across the campus, he especially worked to reduce student drug and alcohol use, all with support from his wife, Kathy.

An additional honor for the couple has been development of the endowed Bruce & Kathy Pitman Student Success Fund, which will provide the dean of students with annual, unrestricted funds to support students.

In Phi Gamma Delta, Bruce served his Lambda Iota Chapter as president and then traveled Fijiland as a Field Secretary from 1971-73. He has also served as a Section Chief, as a member of the Board of Chapter Advisors at Idaho, and as an Archon Councilor from 2010-24.

We wish Bruce all the best in this new phase of life. Please share your congratulations and comments in the comment box below.

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