James Haahr Awarded BVU's Founders Citation of Excellence

James Haahr Awarded BVU's Founders Citation of Excellence

James Haahr Awarded BVU's Founders Citation of Excellence
Jim Haahr, center, with Bernie Saggau, left, chair of the Trusteeship Committee of the Board; and President Fred Moore.

James Haahr, Storm Lake, who served for nine years as chair of the Buena Vista University Board of Trustees, has been awarded BVU's Founders Citation of Excellence.

The award, which has been granted to 10 previous recipients since it was established in 1978, is the university’s highest service honor and is reserved for those individuals who have had a profound impact on the University in advancing the quality of education through the exceptional contributions of their talents, time and philanthropy. The Citation was presented to Haahr at a special Board of Trustees banquet on May 3.

Haahr, a 1962 graduate of BVU, has served on the Board for 15 years. He and his wife, Gretchen, have been major benefactors of BVU, including capital projects and the current See Tomorrow: The Campaign for Buena Vista University. Last fall, he retired as Chair of Meta Financial Group after a successful 51-year career.

“It has been a true privilege for me to serve my alma mater,” says Haahr.  “Being honored in this way has special meaning because it puts me in great company with people I admire and respect — Don Lamberti, the late Paul and Vivian McCorkle, and others who received this Citation in past years. They all had a tremendous impact on Buena Vista University and I hope in my own way I have helped to carry on their legacy.” 

“As a dedicated alumnus, Jim has served this institution with a passion that has made a real difference in the quality of our academic and co-curricular programs and the lives of our students,” says BVU President Fred Moore. “This is an honor that is truly well-deserved.”