Galstad will be missed at SMSU

Forty-five years is a long time working at one place. That’s how long Stu Galstad has worked at Southwest Minnesota State University as an electronics technician. He’s the longest-employed person at the institution.

Galstad has announced he’s retiring this month after a career that started at SMSU in 1970 when he was a student.

“I had a work-study job in that area, and then I just moved with it,” Galstad recently told the Independent.

And moved with it he did. He has been involved with many SMSU improvements such as the Random Access system that was installed as one of his first jobs. He called it a “a very advanced system” for the time.

Besides working with a variety of technologies at SMSU, he also worked with the Radio/TV programs, concerts and productions.

“Stu is the brains of the operation,” a fellow technician at SMSU told the Independent.

So it might be hard for many who have worked with Galstad to not see him walk through SMSU hallways when the new year starts. But Galstad says “it just seemed like it was time.”

Maybe so, but he will be missed.