Bruce grew up in Connecticut, and as an avid gardener, he spent two years on his grandfather’s small farm. Bruce attended Cornell University and Syracuse University, where he studied law and received a bachelor of arts in History and government. As the Director of Camp Owahta, he learned firsthand the value of being an educator by promoting the 4-H values of agriculture, healthy living, and civic engagement.
Bruce is an award-winning educator, dedicated father, resilient, and driven leader with a visionary commitment, integrity, and passion for improving our communities.
Bruce’s parents were teachers, and public education was a known fundamental pillar of democracy in his family. By the end of his first year of teaching, he became his school’s union president and strongly values the relationship of unions.
He built an award-winning state and nationally recognized program that consists of the highest levels of organizational leadership, academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, and social equity. As the NYS Middle School Principal of the Year, Bruce was a long-time member of the Middle School Associations Board of Directors. His advocacy for equal opportunities for children and thinking creatively outside the box ensured multiple perspectives that focused on students and taxpayers.
Bruce is a proud father of 3 adult children. He retired in the summer of 2021 as a public school educator. Bruce continues advocating for future leaders and public education. As an adjunct professor at Cortland State University teaching school leadership, he will continue to advocate for this community and be a voice for the assembly district in Albany.