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As an officer for his national fraternity, Pitman had visited several campuses around the country – 116 in two years -- and decided to pursue his graduate work in Moscow while working part time. Thirty-nine years later, he says it was a good decision.

“I truly never, ever expected that the place would grab my wife and me by the hearts like it has,” says Pitman. “It’s a place were I really grew professional and personally, we’ve had a good life in Moscow.”

Pitman is a member of the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators. He also served as president of the Northwest College Personnel Association, and currently serves on the national board of directors for the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. In 2000, he received the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean for the Pacific Northwest. He also has been honored with an Outstanding Employee Award by the University of Idaho and has a tree planted in his honor by the Student Alumni Relations Board on the university’s Administration Lawn.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Purdue University. He also earned a master’s degree in counseling and a doctoral degree in higher education administration from the University of Idaho.

Commencement will occur at ASUI Kibbie-Activity Center on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 12:30 p.m. For those outside of Moscow, the ceremony will stream live on the University’s website: www.uidaho.edu/newsevents/uidaholive.

This month, 814 graduates are eligible to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.