The Buena Vista University Board of Trustees recently announced the addition of Buena Vista alumnus Ed Bock of Cedar Rapids as the newest member of the Board. Bock served at his first meeting this month. Upon his election, he was appointed a member of the Investment Committee on the 25-member University Board of Trustees.
Bock, who began his college studies at Buena Vista College in 1934, later earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa. He spent a 30-year career in public accounting, most of those years with Peat Marwick in Cedar Rapids. In 1960, he served as president of the Iowa Society of CPAs. He retired from Peat Marwick in 1972 and has spent the years since in entrepreneurial endeavors, most of which are connected to his interests in radio stations, restaurants and real estate. Bock continues to be a world traveler, with trips throughout his lifetime to such places as South America, Europe, Antarctica, Hong Kong, China and all parts of the United States.
Bock has been a very active supporter of BVU for many years and was the recipient of the Henry Olson Distinguished Service Alumni Award in 1995 in recognition of that service. One of those acts of support came in 1992, when he established the Henry Olson Scholarship Fund, one of the largest endowed scholarships available today at BVU.
"We are pleased to welcome Ed Bock to the Board of Trustees," said University President Fred Moore. "BVU is fortunate to gain the expertise he will bring to the Board, and we value the long-standing relationship he continues to maintain with our institution."
As a long-time resident of Cedar Rapids, Bock's philanthropy has benefited local institutions such as Kirkwood Community College, Four Oaks and the Ecumenical Center, as well as Eden Seminary in St. Louis and Buena Vista University.