Dr. Fred Waldstein
Dr. Fred Waldstein

The Irving R. Burling Endowed Chair

Established in 1989 through the generosity of Irving R. Burling, Century Companies of America, and CUNA Mutual Insurance

Dr. Fred Waldstein, professor of political science and director of Wartburg's Institute for Leadership Education, was appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad to serve as a founding member of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and was a founding member of the American Association of State Service Commissions. He is especially interested in building mutually reinforcing collaborations among organizations committed to service and volunteerism.

Waldstein co-chaired Engaging Students: First in the Nation, an interdisciplinary collaboration between Wartburg College and Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H. This initiative focused on educating and engaging students and the public regarding the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary during the 2008 presidential election cycle.

Waldstein is a graduate of Wartburg College and holds a Ph.D. degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He joined the Wartburg faculty in 1989.

He traveled to France in 2010 to accept a MacJannet Prize for global citizenship, which recognized the Wartburg Community Builders program he developed.


Irving R. Burling is a former chair of the Wartburg College Board of Regents and retired president and chief executive officer of Century Companies of America in Waverly, now part of the CUNA Mutual Group. Gifts from Burling and the company funded the chair, which the Board of Regents named in his honor.