The longest-serving staff member of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities recently retired after 32 years of service. We wanted to take advantage of Joyce’s institutional knowledge. In her own words, we asked her to record her memories of the early days.
I started at the Montana University Affiliated Program Satellite in October 1978 in Helena (Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education) and was the second staff to be hired, after the Director.
After touring the 3 state’s universities, Missoula was selected to be home for the Rural Institute. In June 1979, the four-member staff moved to Missoula and shared a rental house near the university.