Bruce is a lifelong resident of Northern Utah. He grew up on a farm in Taylor, a small farming community west of Ogden.
After graduating from Roy High School in 1972, Bruce served as a Navy Corpsman with the U.S. Marines at the end of the
Vietnam War. He returned to Utah in the summer of 1976 and met his wife Valerie that fall at Weber State College. They
were married in March of 1977 and are the parents of seven children and 13 grandchildren. They have lived in Layton for
the past 32 years and have both been very active in church and community service.
Bruce went to college on the GI bill and earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Weber State College
in 1979, an MBA in Business Administration from Utah State University in 1980, and a PhD in Leadership and Policy from
the University of Utah.
After earning his MBA in 1980, Bruce worked for 10 years as a compensation and labor relations executive (Utah Power &
Light Co., PacifiCorp, and Thiokol Corporation). In 1990, he left corporate life to join the faculty at Weber State
University, where he currently serves as the University's Vice Provost and Dean for the Davis Campus in Layton and teaches
leadership and entrepreneurship. He previously directed the WSU Center for Business & Economic Development.
Bruce is active in public service and currently serves on several boards, including the Davis Arts Council, the Davis
Chamber of Commerce, McKay-Dee Hospital, the NxLevel Entrepreneurship Education Foundation, and the Utah CDC. He also
serves on the Executive Committee of Envision Layton, the Layton Recreation, Arts, Museums, and Parks (RAMP) Committee,
the State Health Facilities Committee, the State School Lands Trust Advisory Committee, and the Wasatch Front Regional
Economic Development Strategy Committee.
Bruce is an active member of the American Legion (Layton Post 87), the Layton Rotary Club, the Marine Corps Association,
and the Utah Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America.
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