St. Ambrose Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Paul Koch received the Iowa Governor's Volunteer Award for contributions to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley.
Criteria for selection included exceptional commitment to volunteerism, demonstrated exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation and work in their service to others, and outstanding contribution to state or community through volunteer service.
A member of the BBBSMV board of directors since 2005, Koch currently serves as vice chair of programs. Koch spearheaded the organization's efforts to become a viable data- and outcome-based organization. He assisted in the the expansion of mentoring environments from one to five, and was instrumental in increasing the number of children served, from 200 to more than 1,100 annually. Koch also localized the performance outcome evaluation tool to gauge social and educational changes in mentored children.
The Iowa Governors' Volunteer Awards program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. The program has grown from a small program only available to state agencies to its present function of providing all Iowa nonprofit, charitable and government organizations with a way to honor their cherished volunteers with a prestigious state-level award.