Bruce is a life-long resident of District 742. He attended Clear Lake Elementary, South Junior High and Tech High School, where he participated in athletics. After graduating from St. John's University, Bruce returned to District 742 for a 36-year career as a teacher, coach, and administrator. After retiring in 2008, Bruce was elected to the District 742 School Board. His term expired in 2012. Bruce was one of the founders of LEAF and has served the organization since 1993 as Chair of the Night of the Stars, Fall Appreciation Reception and Kickoff Luncheon. In the summer of 2009, Bruce was selected as LEAF's Executive Director. Bruce and his wife Colleen, have two boys who graduated from District 742 schools and four grandchildren. Bruce continues to be an active professional and volunteer for education in Central Minnesota.