Roger Pritiken, a building facility coordinator for the Student Union Building, will retire on June 29 after 36 years of service to Boise State University.
“I first enrolled at Boise State with President Barnes leading the helm,” Pritiken said. “Since I started working in the Student Union in 1984, we have had Presidents Keiser, Ruch, Kustra, and now Tromp. It has been a great ride and I have seen and been involved with lots of growth, many great staff, so many great supervisors, leaders, and students.”
During his time at Boise State, Pritiken served on the Art Advisory Board, the Association of College Unions International and was the Student Union’s facilities services manager for 18 years. He also was the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Classified Employee Award from the Association of Classified Employees.
“This campus is not only my job, but also my ‘living room,’ my educational foundation and where I have discovered so many of my friends,” he said. “I feel grateful for the learning environment, the growth of myself, the university and the many departments developed and expanded over these years.”
Upon retirement, Pritiken plans to finish his academic work towards a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, as well as tackle some much-needed projects around the house and yard. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues from all over campus, who have benefited from his hard work and caring personality.
“I will miss students the most. I have befriended many and continue to count them as friends,” he said. “It is great to see students work in the Student Union, graduate and succeed in their lives far into the future. I have known successful police officers, emergency room nurses, attorneys, nuclear scientists and leaders in many other fields. It is great to know I have had a small part in their lives while working in the Student Union. I thank you for the honor.”
The Student Union will plan an in-person retirement celebration in the near future.