Printed on: April 30, 2013

EITC building to be renamed


Bill Robertson, Eastern Idaho Technical College's former president, will receive one of the highest honors in post-secondary education Monday.

The Technical Building on the EITC campus will be renamed the William A. Robertson Building, in his honor, during a 1 p.m. naming ceremony. Robertson, 67, will be on hand for the dedication.

"Bill is a man of high integrity, dedication and hard work -- and he was a terrific financial steward for our institution," EITC President Steve Albiston said. "He was a great guy to work for."

Albiston worked under Robertson for 27 years.

During Robertson's 37 years at EITC, he served as admissions counselor, assistant director of Student Services and dean of Administration.

He served as interim president of EITC in 1990, 1995 and 2003. He was appointed permanent president by the Idaho State Board of Education in 2004.

Robertson retired in late 2008 and was succeeded by former president Burton Waite.

During his tenure, Robertson oversaw the expansion of campus facilities, including the construction of the Health Care Education building. He also was instrumental in developing partnerships with the Development Company in Rexburg and Idaho National Laboratory, which resulted in substantial contracts and grants for facilities and training.

In 2008, Robertson played a key role in EITC's accreditation renewal with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

The Technical Building was built in 1979. The building is home to the information technology, business and marketing, legal, accounting, and energy systems technology departments.

Nate Sunderland can be reached at 542-6763.