As a nation we have become used to politics “as usual”– lots of talk, not much action. It takes leadership and teamwork to affect positive change. A solid team player, Palmer has a long history of results, both in his professional life and in his service to our community and state.
A business leader.
As the National Outdoor Leadership School’s (NOLS) marketing director Palmer has helped grow the school from around 2,000 students in 1990 to more than 17,000 this year. Palmer is a member of the school’s six person senior leadership team that has:
- Seen the school become one of the state’s largest employers with 150 full-time employees in Lander and more than 225 worldwide. More than 500 instructors work for the school each year.
- Made the decision to remain in Lander and built the school’s 44,000 square foot headquarters building right downtown.
- Renovated the Noble Hotel, arguably the flagship building of Lander’s Main Street.
- Purchased the Wilderness Medicine Institute in 1999 and moved their operations to Lander in 2002.
- Launched NOLS Professional Training in 1999. NOLS Pro has educated more than half of NASA’s astronauts and is a primary leadership trainer for the U.S. Naval Academy, many of the nation’s leading business schools and our nation’s wildland firefighters.
- Built the Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus in Red Canyon, opening in October, 2012. This project is on track to achieve LEED platinum certification.
An educational leader.
For six years Palmer has served on the Fremont County School District 1 Board of Trustees, two years as the board president. Palmer understands public school education and has great respect for our professional educators. With Palmer’s leadership the district has:
- adopted a regimen of strategic planning with measureable outcomes.
- developed a resource allocation plan to assure that the district’s budgets align with its goals.
- re-configured to grade-level campuses assuring excellent education for every child in the district.
- built the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified Middle School.
- Begun construction of a new LEED certified elementary school.
- Established compensation standards making FCSD 1 a district that attracts and retains the very best educators.
Vision and fiduciary accountability is what a good board provides. Our community, parents, students and professional educators are what makes it happen and Lander should be proud of the progress that we have made in the district— PAWS scores are up, dropout rates are down and our ACT scores are among the best in the state.
22 years of service to our community and state
- Governor Matt Mead’s committee to plan and execute a “Signature” Wyoming event
- Served on an ad hoc committee including the state director of tourism, state director of parks and cultural resources and staff from the governor’s office.
- Will launch the “Cowboy Tough Epic Adventure Race “ in July of 2013.
- Fremont County Historic Preservation Commission
- Did work leading to National Register of Historic Places listing for the Twin Pines Lodge, Dubois and the Ring Lake petroglyphs near Dubois.
- Boy Scouts of America, Troop 52
- Adult Trip leader for 5 Fifty Milers (hiking)
- Adult Trip leader for trip to Northern Tier High Adventure Base and 100 mile canoe trip in Quetico, Ontario.
- Lander Baseball Association
- Coach for nine years- Minors and Majors.
- Board member- 2001-2003.
- The Foundation for the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming –$66 million foundation supporting church-related charity across the state of Wyoming and the world. Here in Lander the First Stop Help Center has benefitted from several grants from the FEDW.
- Served on the board for four years. Vice President for one year.
- Served on the Grants Committee for four years. awarding more than a half million dollars in grants annually.
- Led LEED certification efforts for the Diocesan Center in Casper. Still the only LEED Gold certified renovation project in the state.
- Led the Foundation’s early branding and marketing efforts.
- Lander Valley Education Foundation
- Trinity Episcopal Church
- Served as President and Vice President for many years.
- Lay Eucharistic minister bringing communion to home bound parishioners and those in nursing homes.
- Lay preacher doing the sermon once a month.
- Faith Lutheran Church
- Lay preacher.
- Reading tutor at North Elementary School for three years.
- Helped kids who had trouble learning to read develop the tools and skills to be successful students.
Husband, father and grandpa
- Married for 33 years. Peg has pursued a very satisfying career in Nursing and now manages programs that help clients stay in their home by providing support services.
- We are raising three boys.
- Clay is 24 and will graduate from the University of Wyoming in December with a degree in Rangeland Ecology and Wildlife Habitat Management.
- Cole is 22 years old. He has completed his diesel certification at Casper College and is currently employed by the Fremont County Solid Waste District. He is married to Cortney and is the father of two beautiful girls: Leah and Carmon.
- Loren is 18 and is a freshman at the University of Wyoming. You know him; he has been a fixture at Mr. Ds for the last 3 years. He is the kid with the Cleveland Indians ball cap and the wise guy smile!