Cliff and Karen Trump taught school in Kimball, Nebraska for a short time before moving to Mesa, Arizona, where Clifford continued his teaching career and also worked toward his Master’s Degree in Education at Arizona State University. Upon completing his Master’s degree and starting a family, Cliff and Karen moved to Laramie, Wyoming where he worked as the Director of the University of Wyoming’s intramural program. While in Laramie, he completed his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration and fathered two more children with Karen.
In 1970, the Trump family moved to Boise, Idaho where Dr. Clifford Trump began working for the Idaho State Board of Education. Following ten years of distinguished service with the Board, he accepted a position with Idaho State University (ISU) in Pocatello, Idaho. While there, he served four years as the ISU Vice President of Administration and one year as Interim President.
In 1985, Clifford became the seventh President of Black Hills State College (BHSU) in Spearfish, South Dakota. Highlights from his tenure at BHSU include completion of the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, construction of a University apartment complex, establishing University status, steering the University through difficult accreditation standards and overseeing record-breaking enrollment growth.
In 1994, he started the final chapter of his career when he accepted the position as Chancellor for the State College System of West Virginia. Described as the consummate professional, Cliff successfully undertook the many challenges of overseeing a system of ten colleges with various competing interests. While Chancellor, Clifford steered numerous system presidential searches, mastering that process to the extent that upon his retirement in 2000, he continued to work as an expert search consultant.
Easier said than done, his family is comforted that Cliff relayed many years ago not to grieve his loss because he had a great life. Cliff is survived by his wife Karen Trump, children Casey Trump, Michael Trump (Angie King), Tom Trump (Sandra Trump), his grandchildren, Miranda Leatherwood and Cady King-Trump, his sister Lois Schmidt and niece, Kathy Carraway (Charles). He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Venus Trump, brother-in-law John Schmidt, and nephews, Randy Schmidt and David Schmidt.
Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Hampton, NE. No viewing or visitation. Memorials may be directed to his family.