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Bill Petus

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Bill Petus
Teton County, Term 2011-2015

Bill Petus has a BA ('63) and MEd in Secondary Education ('67). He spent a 35-year career in education in three different California school districts. He served in a variety of positions including classroom teacher, school psychologist, high school principal, assistant superintendent and completed his career as a superintendent at Mariposa County Unified School District, which is in the Yosemite National Park area of central California.

Upon his retirement, Bill happily returned to Wyoming over twelve years ago and he and his wife, Nancy, now live in Jackson. Both Bill and Nancy serve on the College of Education Advisory Committee. This assignment has spanned nearly seven years and has brought him into closer contact with the university. Bill is a life member of UWAA and a long time supporter of the University of Wyoming Foundation. In April 2011 Bill was named Distinguished Alumnus at the University's College of Education. Bill has a long time interest in both special education and literacy.

Bill is a 30 year member of Rotary and has served in a number of positions at both the District and Rotary International levels. He has served as a club president for two different clubs and has also served as Rotary District Governor in the Wyoming, northern Colorado, western Nebraska and eastern Idaho areas. He currently serves as the Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator working with twelve Rotary districts spanning fourteen states. Bill and Nancy have traveled to many places in the world in Rotary related activities. Both participated in polio immunization days in Ghana, Africa, wheelchair distribution in Guatemala and visited projects in South Africa where they had arranged for textbooks and used garden tools to be sent. Bill's work in Rotary has led to a Citation for Meritorious Service from The Rotary Foundation and Rotary International's Service Above Self award.

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