2013 - Gordon Bivens


Gordon E. Bivens was a 1944 graduate of Milford Township. Gordon had a very successful career in the family and consumer science field where he received the following honors, awards, and appointments; Mary B. Welch Distinguished Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences and Professor Emeritus, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University.

Gordon also served on the faculties of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Pennsylvania State University; Departments of Economics and Home Management, Iowa State University; Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Departments of Family Economics and Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia.

Gordon served on special appointments with the Consumer and Family Economics Research Division, ARS, USDA, Washington, D.C. and as Visiting Scholar, Institute of Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Co. Founding editor, Journal of Consumer Affairs, founding chair, Board of Directors, Center for the Family, AAFCS, Washington, D.C., and member, board of directors, Consumer Union (publishers of Consumer Reports).

Gordon’s administrative experience includes chair, Extension Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin; Founding Director, Center for Consumer Affairs, University of Wisconsin Extension; Chair, Department of Family Environment, Iowa State University; Interim Associate Dean for Research, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Iowa State University. Professional awards: Distinguished Fellow, American Council on Consumer Interests; Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University; Hall of Fame, Iowa AFCS.