July 6, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 21
After 47 years working at Idaho State University and a 61-year affiliation with his alma matter, Bill Harwood is retiring from ISU on June 30.
Harwood, 80, is the current editor of the ISU University Press, a part-time position he has held since 1986, a 23-year span. Prior to that he was the director from 1960 to 1984 of a department that underwent numerous name changes at ISU that was the Office of Information Services when he left and has morphed into the current Office of University Relations.
But Harwood’s roots at ISU go deeper. A native of Pocatello, Harwood attended ISU as a student from 1948 to 1952, earning a bachelor’s in journalism (he later earned a master’s in education at ISU in 1962). He left ISU for eight years and taught journalism at Boise and Borah high schools in Boise before returning to ISU.
He said his most exciting times at ISU were his first three as an employee at ISU from 1960 to 1963 when he was director of the ISU News Bureau for one year before it became the Office of News and Publications. During this period the University was making the transition from Idaho State College to become Idaho State University.
“We had to put out a lot of publicity to get that change done,” Harwood said. “I’ve always enjoyed whatever I’ve been doing, but back in those days it was fun working to get university status because everybody was pitching in and going full tilt to get that accomplished.”
During his 14 years as director of what is now University Relations he at various times oversaw the university’s news bureau, publication office, publication distribution center and a print shop that was in the current ISU administration building. The latter evolved from the old Faculty Stenographers Office.
He also served as the advisor for the Wickiup, ISC’s former yearbook, and he was advisor for The Bengal, the college’s student newspaper. His other varied duties included helping to produce promotional films for the university and other films. He wrote scripts and provided voice-over for the films and also did some radio shows.
One of his biggest legacies was helping to create the University Press in 1967, some of whose books were originally printed by the print shop Harwood oversaw. Harwood managed the University Press as part of his duties as director, and then, following retirement, came back to manage the press working part-time for the University.
The press was created to publish scholarly works that may not be attractive to larger university presses or commercial publishers. The ISU University Press currently catalogs about 76. The University Press Editorial Board reviews and selects the submitted books that will be published. There are currently five ISU faculty members on the board.
The University Press will continue to operate after Harwood leaves, and is in the process of moving to the Office of Academic Affairs, from under the umbrella of University Relations. Its board will remain intact and will be instrumental in helping sharpen the press’s academic focus.
Harwood and his wife Evelyn, who goes by DeaDea and taught at Highland High School for 26 years, have four children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Starting in July, employees will begin using Index Codes to purchase goods, services, and track expenditures in place of the Account Numbers we currently use. Employees will need to know their department’s Index Code to make purchases or to manage budgets and expenditures. For more information on the new system, visit BengalWeb and look under the Personal Announcements channel.
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