The Buena Vista University Board of Trustees has announced that Dr. Edward M. Bodaken, a 1962 alumnus, has been appointed as a new member of the Board.
After graduating from Buena Vista with a double major in speech and English, Bodaken went on to serve on the faculty at Iowa State University and the University of Southern California, where he later served as director of graduate studies and vice-chair of the department.
He also hosted the NBC television series, "Take Charge," which focused on how to acquire skills for success.
Later in his career he launched his own business, Bodaken Associates, which specialized in trial jury research and persuasion strategies.
With careers in higher education and business, Bodaken will bring valuable experience as BVU begins implementing its new strategic plan, university President Fred Moore said.
At Buena Vista, Bodaken was on the Tack staff and active in debate and theater. He is a past member of the board of the Buena Vista National Alumni Association and in 1985 he received the association's Outstanding Service Award.
He endows a scholarship in honor of his late first wife, DeAnn.
Today, Bodaken and his wife, Jennifer, live in Mexico most of the year and enjoy traveling the U.S. and Canada in their motor home.
The Bodakens' seven adult children include a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers, an opera singer in New York City and the president of a movie company in Los Angeles, as well as leaders in business.
Bodaken sees the appointment as an opportunity to "pay back" BVU for the foundation it gave him at a time when he says she was rather "unfocused."
"Over the years, as I've read various BVU publications and talked with administrators and faculty, I have watched BVU grow in size but retain its personal and involved ethic in student lives," he said.
Bodaken is the son of the late George and Cecelia "Cis" Bodaken of Storm Lake and is a 1957 graduate of St. Mary's High School. He attended Creighton University for two years before transferring to Buena Vista.