Dixie Lund Service Award
Nellie Bogue-Hibbert, of La Grande, is a prolific leader in the community. During her four-year term as Union County Commissioner, EOU’s sustainability became a personal priority and the University-County Connections Committee was founded as a result of her efforts. Representatives from the public and private sector came together under her leadership with the goal of bringing more students to EOU’s campus and establishing stronger connections with current students in the community. Education is important to Bogue-Hibbert’s family. Growing up on a cattle ranch in rural Oregon taught the value of hard work at an early age. She went on to attend Eastern in 1968 while raising three young children, and her oldest daughter graduated from EOU. On behalf of the university, Bogue-Hibbert assisted in organizing a caravan of students and business leaders to testify before the state legislature about the importance of the university on a local and regional level.
Now retired, Bogue-Hibbert’s professional experience includes serving as Union County Clerk for 22 years. She also was a court administrator and trial court clerk of the 10th Judicial District for Union and Wallowa counties.