Bernie Saggau, executive director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, has been selected to give the address at Buena Vista University's 2002 Commencement ceremony May 19.
A 1949 graduate of Buena Vista College, Saggau is known throughout Iowa for his dedication to sports programs for youth. In addition to the current position he has held for 34 years, Saggau has served as president of the National Federation of State High School Associations, as chair of the National Basketball Rules Committee and member of the Football Rules Committee, as director of the Iowa Games and as a member of the United States Olympic House of Delegates Committee.
Saggau has been a member of the Buena Vista University Board of Trustees since 1997. His wife, Lois (Kretzinger) Saggau, is also a BVU graduate (1950).
"We are extremely pleased to have Bernie giving this year's commencement address," BVU President Fred Moore said. "He has a nationwide reputation as a highly sought-after speaker, and his dedication to his alma mater is matched by few."
A recipient of the Award of Merit, the National High School Athletic Directors Association's highest honor, Saggau has also won the National High School Coaches Distinguished Award. He was inducted in the BVU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1969.
As a hobby, Saggau refereed high school and college basketball and football for 30 years, and in 1996 he was selected by Referee magazine as one of the top 20 individuals in the last 20 years to do the most for improving officiating in our country.
Tickets are required for admission to the BVU commencement. For more information, call 712-749-2120.