Steven Stangl appointed to university Board of Trustees

Excerpted from The Carroll Daily Times Herald
August 15, 2006

Carroll Native Stangl Named to BVU Board of Trustees

STORM LAKE - The Buena Vista University Board of Trustees has announced that Carroll native Steven M. Stangl, president of the communications services segment of West Corp, in Omaha, Neb., has been appointed as a new member of the board.

Stangel, son of Don and Myra Stangl [and second great grandson of Gerhard and Maria Anna (Nieland) Boes 1843-1919], will serve on the Audit and Trusteeship committees of the Board. Trustees' terms are three years….

"As a Buena Vista alumnus with a highly successful career in one of the world's leading business services industries, Steve will add another exciting dimension to the wide-ranging expertise of our board of trustees," says Buena Vista president Fred Moore. "He has been a member of the President's Advisory Council and we look forward to his continued commitment to the future of BVU as we begin implementation of a new strategic plan later this year."

Stangl, who majored in accounting at Buena Vista, was one of very few BVU students to have ever received the Elijah Watt Sell Award, which is granted to the top one-half of 1 percent of those who take the entire four sections of the CPA exam. Stangel is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts and has been involved in his church and in the Omaha Little League.

He and his wife, Lori, are co-chairs for the annual development dinner for St. James Seton Catholic School. Lori is a member of the St. James Seton School Board, the fundraising arm of the Omaha Performing Arts and the Girl Scouts of Omaha. He and Lori have two children: Nick, who is married and lives in San Ramon, Calif., and Kara, a sixth-grader at St. James Seton School.

Stangl, 48, took a non-traditional route to his college degree, and he believes that experience along with his career experience will be valuable in his service on the board. After graduating from Kuemper Catholic High School in 1976, Stangl attended the University of Northern Iowa for two years but then dropped out of school four or five years to work construction jobs and at Farmland Foods. He then returned to school at Buena Vista and graduated with honors.

"I think having been a non-traditional student helps me to understand there are different kinds of students, especially in this day and age when people do change careers more frequently, which may require more education later in life than the traditional college degree right out of high school."

As a Buena Vista graduate, Stangl says, he knows the school well. "BVU is an excellent place to get a college education… And I want to make sure that others know about it and can have the same opportunities I had."


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