UMW News BureauJim Efta, who has been an indispensable employee of the University of Montana Western, will be retiring at the end of September 2011. Jim Efta, who has been an indispensable employee of the University of Montana Western, will be retiring at the end of September 2011. Efta served as the Director of Information and Telecommunication Services at Montana Western from 1987 until 1991, and again from 1995 until 2009 after a four-year employment as the Assistant Director of Computing Services at Montana State University. For the past two years he served as Montana Western’s Administrative Services Director and Sustainability Coordinator. Efta’s many duties at Montana Western have included supervising the UMW Information and Telecommunication Services, Business Services and Facilities Services departments. Efta also oversaw Montana Western’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Carbon Reduction Plan efforts in addition to serving as the campus liaison of the Main Hall renovation project. Before coming to Montana Western Efta served in the United States Navy from 1971 to 1977 as an electronics technician in the nuclear power field. He later worked as a computer analyst for various newspapers including the North Platte Telegraph, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln School of Journalism and the Kansas City Star. Efta holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas. Efta and his wife Melissa will be returning to the Midwest in October 2011 to start a sustainable agriculture business in northeast Nebraska. “I am sad to leave all of my friends at Montana Western and in Dillon and southwestern Montana,” Efta said of his departure. University of Montana Western Chancellor said campus sentiments of Efta’s departure were similar. “Jim has been such a diversely skilled, hard-working part of Montana Western,” Storey said. “He will be greatly missed and although his departure leaves a difficult hole for us to fill, we wish him nothing but the absolute best in his new endeavors.” There will be a potluck celebration of Efta's tenure at Montana Western on Monday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. on the lawn between the James Short Administration Building and the Student Union Building.
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