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Bruce Newcomb Retirement Reception is June 8

By: Sherry Squires   Published 2:14 pm / May 22, 2017

Bruce NewcombAfter decades of service, a legacy of wisdom shared freely, a multitude of easily earned friendships and a very long trail of laughter, Bruce Newcomb is ready to spend more time with family, friends and the fish yet uncaught.

Please join the campus community and celebrate Newcomb for all that he has done for Boise State and the state of Idaho. An open house is planned for 4-6 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in the Alumni and Friends Center Ballroom, 1173 University Drive. Complimentary parking is available in the Alumni and Friends parking lot and across the street in Albertsons Stadium lot. RSVP to or by calling (208) 426-1492.

Newcomb was born and raised in Cassia and Minidoka County in rural Idaho. He graduated from Declo High School in 1958 and attended Northwest Christian College, Stanford University and the University of Oregon, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree. After college,Newcomb returned to Declo to help his father on the farm during difficult financial times. He co-signed a mortgage with his father not realizing that it was a life sentence. As a result,Newcomb became a lifetime rancher.

In 1986, he and his older brother Russell were elected to the Idaho House of Representatives. While serving in the House he met his wife, Celia Gould, who was also a representative for 16 years and is currently the Idaho State Director of Agriculture. During his 20 years of service in the House, Newcomb served as caucus chairman, assistant majority leader and majority leader and is the longest serving speaker of the House in Idaho history. All in all, he served 20 years in the legislature, 18 of those years in leadership.Newcomb joined Boise State University in 2007 as the director of government relations.