Bob Halferty joined the board of International House Davis in January 2012. He is a native of southwest Wisconsin, born and raised in the City of Lancaster. After high school, Bob attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, receiving his degree in business administration in 1959. Soon after graduation, Bob entered the military service and was assigned to the US Army’s Central Finance & Accounting Office, Europe in Heidelberg, Germany for two and a half years. After completing his active duty in 1962, Bob returned to his hometown in Wisconsin to take a position as assistant cashier in one of the local banks where he had worked summers during his years as a student at the university.
Bob worked in his hometown bank for five years and during that time served as secretary and treasurer of the Grant County Bankers’ Association and as a member of the Wisconsin Bankers’ Association Committee on Agriculture. Bob was also active in his community during those five years, serving as a deacon, trustee and treasurer of his church, chair of the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals and treasurer of the Grant County Historical Society. Bob became the first president of his community’s new chapter of the American Field Service, hosting a high school exchange student from Costa Rica. At his church’s request, he took on a leadership role in scouting first as cubmaster, then scoutmaster and as a member of the local explorer committee. Bob also continued his military career, serving as platoon leader, then as company commander in the 389th Engineer Construction Battalion, an active US Army Reserve unit in Dubuque, Iowa.
In 1967, Bob accepted a position as administrative analyst in the Planning and Budget Office at UC Davis. After three years as an administrative analyst, Bob transferred into the area of facilities planning and management as a facilities requirements analyst, a position that had a close working relationship with the Office of Architects & Engineers and the Department of Physical Plant. After two years in that position, Bob was advanced to Educational Facilities Planner, and later to Senior EFP. After 36 years of service to UC Davis in capital planning and budgeting, Bob retired in June of 2003.
Bob has lived in Davis continuously since taking his position with the University in 1967. He has been President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Davis, has served on the Board of Directors of the Yolo County Family Services Agency and on the Board of Directors of the Yolo County YMCA in Woodland. Bob has served on the Board of the UC Davis Retirees’ Association for five years including two years as President of the Association. He is currently a member of the Council of his church in Sacramento where he sings in the church choir every Sunday. Bob also represents his church as one of the sponsors of the Cal Aggie Christian Association at UC Davis. Most important to Bob after his retirement from the University are the family times he is able to spend with his son Kurt, his daughter-in-law Jessica and granddaughters Hannah and Kali who live in Orangevale.
Bob enthusiastically supports the programs and objectives of the I-House and hopes that his experience in planning, budgeting and resource management at the University and as an officer and member of the Boards of Directors of other organizations would be of value to the I-House.