In 1990, after nearly a dozen years working in college admissions, Bruce Palmer moved West to combine his passion for education with his enthusiasm for outdoor activities by joining NOLS as the school’s admission and marketing director. During his time with the school, NOLS has grown from 2,500 students to more than 25,000 and expanded beyond its expedition roots becoming the world’s most comprehensive wilderness school. With graduates worldwide, the NOLS brand is one of the most respected in the outdoor industry.
Active in the community, Palmer is serving his third term on the Fremont County School District 1 Board of Trustees. Palmer is the vice-chair of the Wyoming Democratic Party and ran as the Democratic Party nominee for House District 54 in 2012.
An avid bird hunter Palmer chases chukars, huns and pheasants as much as possible in the fall. He is also a passionate cyclist logging more than one hundred and fifty miles a week nearly year round.
Palmer is married to Peg Palmer, a very patient woman, who is a registered nurse and home health administrator. The Palmer’s have three boys, all NOLS grads: Clay, a University of Wyoming Rangeland Ecology graduate, employed by the Prairie Monarch Bison Ranch of Laramie; Cole, a Casper College grad and Private First Class in the United States Army; and Loren, in his fourth year at UW. They thoroughly enjoy their two adorable granddaughters and live with a neurotic, but capable, bird dog.