Steve Bruce was re-elected to a 2nd term on the Board of Education in April 2017. Mr. Bruce graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1994, and in 2012 earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Missouri’s Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs, graduating with distinction and an emphasis in organizational leadership. He is a past recipient of the prestigious Truman Fellowship, a scholarship awarded to public service professionals who have demonstrated excellence in their profession and dedication to creating public value for citizens. He is also a 2014 graduate of the JCPS Vanguard Program.
Mr. Bruce possesses over 17 years of experience in leadership, strategic planning and project management in public service, including serving as a former Cole County juvenile officer at the Prenger Family Center and a federal grants manager within the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s Office of the Director. Mr. Bruce works within Missouri’s Division of Developmental Disabilities in fiscal management and administrative services as part of a small team of senior managers and analysts responsible for managing an annual operating budget of over $900 million, and supporting the operations of over 3,000 staff serving 33,000 Missourians with developmental disabilities.
He and his wife Kim, a JCPS teacher and 18-year veteran of public education have two children who attend Jefferson City Public Schools. His oldest daughter will be part of the last class that attends Simonsen 9th Grade Center prior to the new high school opening.