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May 18, 2016

Bob Nystuen Honored with FVCC Eagle Award

FVCC President Jane Karas presented Bob Nystuen with the 2016 Eagle Award at the 21st annual President’s Dinner on May 17. The Eagle Award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the college.
FVCC President Jane Karas presented Bob Nystuen with the 2016 Eagle Award at the 21st annual President’s Dinner on May 17. The Eagle Award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the college.

Bob Nystuen was honored with Flathead Valley Community College’s prestigious 2016 Eagle Award during the 21st annual President’s Dinner on May 17. The Eagle Award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the college.

Nystuen served on the FVCC Board of Trustees for 13 years, including eight years as Board Chair. He was appointed to the Montana Board of Regents last year by Gov. Steve Bullock and is chair of the regents’ Two-Year Education and Community College Committee.

“Bob’s desire to help individuals improve and make organizations better have been key in helping to transform FVCC into a remarkable community college,” said FVCC President Jane Karas.

A community banker for 40 years, Nystuen has championed the importance of partnerships between community colleges and business. Under his leadership, FVCC created several new healthcare and advanced manufacturing programs in response to business and industry workforce needs.

“Bob’s interest and determination in improving the role and image of community colleges on the local, state and national levels has been extraordinary,” said Karas.

Always keeping students at the center of his decision making, Nystuen’s leadership was instrumental in FVCC establishing a tuition waiver for eligible high school students to earn up to six free college credits through the Running Start program and in the Board of Trustees’ decision to build student housing on campus.

“Meeting students’ needs and ensuring student success have always been Bob’s primary focus,” said Karas.

Outside the college, Nystuen has served on multiple boards across Montana. Organizations include the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, Glacier National Park Conservancy, Flathead Food Bank, Montana West Economic Development, Montana Commission on Community Service and Montana Ambassadors.

Nystuen is the President of Glacier Bank. He and his wife Kim reside in Lakeside.