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Memorial and celebration of life for Alexis Rowland June 30

Alexis Rowland, retired senior business manager of the College of Health Sciences, died in the early hours of June 16. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 30 at Capital Christian Center, 2760 E Fairview Ave, Meridian. A celebration of life will follow at the family’s home. The family asks that people who want to attend the celebration of life RSVP to Leslie Black at by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28.

Photo of Alexis Rowland

During her Boise State career, Rowland supported the Dean of the College of Health Sciences and assisted the college’s departments and schools in budgetary matters, administration, human resources and customer service. She was awarded the National Association of Educational Office Professionals Administrator of the Year award in 2016, the Idaho Association of Educational Office Professionals Administrator of the Year award in 2015, and the Boise State College of Health Sciences Excellence in Staff Service award in 2010. She retired in June 2022 after 15 years at the university.

Rowland came to Boise in 2002 after 17 years with the University of California, Los Angeles where she was the policy and training manager for the UCLA Academic Personnel Office and assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Development/Diversity. Prior to coming to Boise State, she worked at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery where she was part of the team that expanded the cemetery from a simple hillside to 76 acres of landscaped grounds to honor Idaho veterans and their spouses.

“Over the past decade, our college has experienced tremendous growth. Not just in programming that educates students, but also in research and critical service across Idaho,” Tim Dunnagan, College of Health Sciences dean, said. “Alexis Rowland as the college’s business manager was central and pivotal in allowing this growth to take place. Not only was she dedicated and extremely competent, but she brought a positive energy and demeanor to her work efforts. A university is only as good as the employees it hires. Alexis was a great employee who was an important part of a great university. She will be missed.”

“Alexis brought our college together both in her official roles but also her unofficial role of party planner,” Lutana Haan, College of Health Sciences associate dean, added. “She was always contributing to auction items, baby showers, or office lunches. Her cupcake skills were above and beyond with cream fillings and handmade edible decorations on top. She brought fun and joy to the job. Her gatherings and stories will be deeply missed.”

The college is collecting memories of Rowland to share with her family and close friends. To contribute, please complete this form by noon on Wednesday, June 28.