Bruce Taft holds a BS in mathematics and science and a Master’s degree in education from St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, along with an MSSM in systems management from the University of Southern California. He is married to Patricia Murphy Taft, a retired DoDDS first grade teacher. They have a son and daughter, both married, and five grandchildren.
Bruce had thirty-eight years in education before retirement from DoDDS in 1992. His thirty-five years with the overseas schools included assignments in Morocco, Turkey, France, Republic of the Philippines, Japan and Korea. He was a high school principal the last twenty-eight years. He was chosen to serve on four North Central Association and two Western Association accreditation teams, is a nine-year I/D/E/A Kettering Foundation Fellow, and was a National Science Foundation Fellow in Versoix, Switzerland. He is a past president of three Secondary Schools Activities/Athletic Associations in the Philippines, Japan and Korea, and the Seoul, Korea chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.
Bruce and Pat retired to Mesa, AZ. Currently, Bruce is Arizona State coordinator of the AARP 55 Alive Driver Safety Program and an officer in a local chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
Bruce served on the AOSHS board from 1996 to 2003.