Wednesday, August 17, 2005
GRANDVIEW - Bryce Humpherys is the new dean of the Yakima Valley Community College Grandview campus. And, Humpherys feels he has found a place he will be calling home for quite a while.
"It is exciting to be at this campus," said Humpherys.
Humpherys, 34, grew up in Southern Idaho. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Ricks College. Humpherys later gained a Bachelor's degree in secondary education and social studies from Utah State University, where he also earned a Master's degree in geography.
Humpherys and his wife, Kimberly, have three sons. They moved to Grandview from Arizona, where Humpherys was a faculty chair at a branch campus for Coconino Community College.
"I was involved in pretty much everything at the campus," said Humpherys.
Humpherys officially began his duties as the dean of the Grandview campus July 1.
One of the things that attracted Humpherys to the YVCC job stems from where he grew up. Humpherys said Grandview is very similar to his hometown of Kimberly.
"That area is an agricultural area," said Humpherys of his hometown. "When I was in Arizona I missed that."
Humpherys said he was also looking at the move back to a rural area because he felt it is important for his family to experience the enjoyment of small town life.
"We were looking at a place where we could raise our boys," said Humpherys. "I wanted to find something that would meet the needs of my family and be a good career move."
The staff at YVCC has treated Humpherys with the utmost respect, he said. Humpherys said when he was interviewing for the job he was very impressed with the way the staff acted.
"People in the organization went the extra mile," said Humpherys.
One aspect that impressed Humpherys about the Grandview campus was the partnership the college has with the city.
The City of Grandview and YVCC have worked hand-in-hand over the years to expand on the success the college campus has had.
"It is nice to see that close collaboration," said Humpherys. "It is not something you find in a lot of places."
At the Grandview campus, there are seven full-time teaching faculty members and two full-time advisors. But the educational programs at the Grandview campus are very much enhanced by the some 30 to 40 part-time faculty that teach various courses at the campus, said Humpherys.
Humpherys said there are a lot of different exciting opportunities at YVCC. He said the college's expansion into the former Safeway building, which is adjacent to the Grandview campus, is something Humpherys is looking forward to being involved with in the future.
One of Humpherys' future goals as head of the Grandview campus includes working on the expansion of programs. Humpherys said there is ample opportunity to work on further developing the existing programs at the campus while adding additional ones.
Humpherys also wants to make sure to maintain the stellar relationship YVCC has with the city while working to develop and ferment partnerships in other communities.
Humpherys is living in Grandview and said he enjoys the community very much. Some of the things that have impressed Humpherys with Grandview are the abundance of recreational opportunities and the people of the community.
"It is a wonderful community. The people here have been very friendly," said Humpherys. "I am planning on being here for a while. There is a lot of potential here."