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Augustana Honors Retiring President

Steve Bahls, Jane Bahls, Dahl President's home, p: Meg McLaughlin
Meg McLaughlin
Steve Bahls, Jane Bahls, Dahl President's home, p: Meg McLaughlin

Augustana College will honor the president and his wife as they prepare for retirement. The Board of Trustees has voted to re-name Founders Hall on the campus in Rock Island, the Steve and Jane Bahls Campus Leadership Center.

Steve Bahls will retire in June after leading the college for 19 years.

A dedication ceremony is set for May 12th as part of a special campus event to honor the Bahls. And the name change becomes official on June lst.

Founders Hall was built in 1923, and currently houses administrative offices, student services, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Office of the President, and Ascension Chapel.

Trustees Chair John Murabito says the re-naming will acknowledge the importance of Bahls' presidency at the same level as other past Augustana presidents: the Thomas Tredway Library, Sorensen Hall and the Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.