November 16-18, 2005

ITEM 129-2001-R1105    Authorization to Confer the Title of Professor Emeritus of Education upon Kenneth L. Bruwelheide; Montana State University-Bozeman

THAT: Upon the occasion of the retirement of Kenneth L. Bruwelheide from the faculty of Montana State University, the Board of Regents wishes to express its appreciation for his service to the University, the Montana University System, and the people of the State of Montana.

EXPLANATION: Kenneth (Ken) L. Bruwelheide was initially hired at MSU in1976 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Education. He received his M.S. Degree in Industrial Education from Florida State University in 1972 and an Ed.D. from Utah State University in 1976.

Ken's career at MSU can be summarized in terms of his commitment to the profession, teaching and advising students, and service to the community. His varied experiences reinforced his accomplishments. Former students readily testify as to the positive impact that Ken had on their academic and personal successes at MSU. He was awarded the meritorious Most Influential Educator Award in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005, recognized by students and colleagues.

Throughout his career Ken has been willing to engage in unique teaching and learning challenges to benefit his students. One example is the Electric Vehicle Project. From 2002 to 2005 Ken and a group of students engaged in a research project to build an electric vehicle that would perform as a prototype for alternative energy sources. This project was successfully completed and recognized locally and nationally. National attention to this project has accelerated over the past year.

For these and other contributions, the Board of Regents of Higher Education is pleased to confer upon Kenneth L. Bruwelheide the rank of Professor Emeritus of Education at Montana State University and wishes him well for many years in the future.