Knapp ends 14-year term as vice chair, continues on Board

Barbara Knapp, long-time member of the Board of Trustees, formally stepped down from her role as vice chair at the Board’s fall meeting in November. Knapp has served on the Board of Trustees since 1994 and was elected vice chair in 1997 following the sudden death of then-Vice Chair Vincent Noce.

Knapp will continue as a valued member of the Board of Trustees. Knapp has played an integral role in Mount Mercy’s leadership and has been instrumental in several key initiatives on campus, including leading the Presidential Search Committee that hired President Robert Pearce in 1999, following the retirement of Dr. Tom Feld.

Knapp was also instrumental in developing the Barbara Knapp Endowed Business Lecture Series initiated by Wells Fargo in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to the greater Cedar Rapids community. The series annually provides speakers on business-related topics of interest and benefit to Mount Mercy students, faculty, staff and the broader community.

The series, which launched in 2004, has brought such names on campus as Tony Golobic, GreatAmerica Leasing chairman and CEO; John Moore, the marketing guru behind Starbucks’ success; Elliott Smith, executive director of the Iowa Business Council; Kelly Baier, from Bradley & Riley P.C.; and Joel Conner, CEO of Bellisio Foods, Inc.

The series provides Mount Mercy students with an opportunity to learn business skill sets and perspectives first-hand from leaders in the field, as well as provides resources for local business members and professionals within the community.

“I wanted Mount Mercy students to have the opportunity to hear and learn from top business leaders who are actively leading excellent companies,” says Knapp, described her motivation behind establishing the series. Knapp also established the Barbara Knapp Nursing Scholarship fund, reflecting Knapp’s distinguished 30-plus year career in nursing.

“Mount Mercy University wishes to publicly thank Barbara for her 14 years in the key role of vice chair of the Board of Trustees,” says Mount Mercy President Christopher Blake. “We are grateful for her continuing leadership, commitment and active dedication to the mission and vision of Mount Mercy as an ongoing member of our Board of Trustees.”