Dr. Norm Nielsen, Cedar Rapids, has been elected as new chair of the Buena Vista University Board of Trustees.
Nielsen, a 1961 graduate of Buena Vista, was appointed to the Board in 2005. He fills the position previously held by James S. Haahr, Storm Lake, a 1962 BVU graduate who had been chair for the past nine years and continues to serve on the Board.
Nielsen was president of Kirkwood Community College from 1985 until retiring on Jan. 1, 2005. During his tenure as president, Kirkwood was selected as the national community college of the year in 2001 by the National Alliance of Business.
Prior to joining Kirkwood as a vice president in 1979, Nielsen had served as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent of schools in the Iowa public school system. He holds advanced degrees from both Iowa State University and the University of Iowa.
As a student at Buena Vista, Nielsen was a three-sport (football, basketball and baseball) athlete and was named the MVP of the football team his senior year. He is a past member of the BVU National Alumni Association Board and in 2004 received the Henry Olson Distinguished Service Award from the alumni association.