Why I Give: Elizabeth Steven '07

George, Iowa, native Elizabeth (DeVries) Steven, class of 2007, works as a compliance officer for Premier Bank in Rock Valley, Iowa.

She reflects on her time at Augustana and why she chooses to give back to her alma mater.


Q. How did Augustana help prepare you for your career?

A. While my business classes helped lay the foundation for a career in the financial industry, the biggest factor which led to my success were the professors. Combining a high quality education and compassion to have each of their students succeed in all aspects, resulted in well-rounded growth.

I would not be where I am today without the guidance of my business administration professors.

— Elizabeth (DeVries) Steven '07

Q. Favorite Augustana professor?

A. Shelly Gardner (Business).

Q. Best memories from Augustana?

A. Learning mid-semester of my senior year that I had secured a job after graduation.

Q. What's a typical work day like for you? 

A. A typical day consists of reading and researching federal and state banking regulations as well as training and implementing policies and procedures. The federal government has made several changes to banking regulations recently and as the compliance officer, it is my responsibility to ensure management is aware of the applicable changes and the bank is adequately addressing each regulation.

Q. Greatest professional accomplishment so far, and why?

A. My greatest accomplishment is becoming a compliance officer. There is a great deal of satisfaction in being given a high level of responsibility by senior management.

Q. Why do you give to Augustana? What inspired you to make this gift?

A. My husband and I continue to see the increasing demand on today’s youth to excel educationally. We have pledged a yearly amount of money and make monthly payments. We are inspired to give today and hope when our children become college age they are met with similar opportunities. As a student at Augustana College, I received several scholarships that helped ease the financial burden of a four-year education. Our hope in giving to Augustana is that the College will be able to continue to provide financial assistance to all students.