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Legacy of Education: Ron and Patty's Journey at ISU and Beyond

Hosts Dean, Jean McGivney-Burelle, and Philanthropic Advisor, Tabatha Butler, interview Ron and Patty Bolinger. Both graduated from ISU’s College of Education. They share with us their extensive educational impact in SE Idaho and their love for ISU.

Ron and Patty recount their journey to Idaho State University (ISU), reminiscing about cherished memories and reflecting on the influence of their careers in education. Ron's trajectory led him to the esteemed position of superintendent in the American Falls School District, while Patty found fulfillment as a dedicated school counselor, inspired by the impactful guidance she received from her own counselor.

Together, they've nurtured a family legacy rooted in education, boasting an impressive tally of over 11 degrees earned from ISU among themselves and their children. Their commitment to their alma mater extends far beyond their academic pursuits; they actively contribute to ISU's community as esteemed alumni, generously giving back through their roles on the alumni board, as professors, and mentors to aspiring educators. Additionally, their philanthropic spirit shines through the establishment of two scholarships, aimed at supporting the next generation of learners at ISU.

Ron and Patty's story exemplifies the transformative power of education and the enduring bonds formed within the ISU community. Their dedication serves as an inspiration, shaping the future of education and leaving an indelible mark on the lives of countless students.

Jean McGivney-Burelle joined Idaho State University in June of 2020 as Professor and Dean of the College of Education. Jean has more than two decades of experience in higher education. Her scholarly work is focused on the teaching and learning of mathematics and she has served as PI or Co-PI on STEM education grants totaling more than $2 million. Jean is a Mathematical Association of America Project NExT Fellow, a National Network for Educational Renewal Fellow, and a participant in the 2016-17 HERS Leadership Institute. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Hartford, an M.S. in Mathematics from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut.