Office of the President

Buena Vista University’s Office of the President leads and guides every aspect of campus life and serves as a champion of the University’s mission, vision, and values. Dr. Joshua Merchant was named the 18th President of BVU by the Board of Trustees.

I am pleased to welcome you to the University which I unequivocally believe in, and which so many of us call home.

BVU’s ability to preserve, as well as enhance, its traditions by articulating a riveting vision for the future is shared by faculty, staff, students, and leadership, which is why I am so proud to work here. With the support of my colleagues and the Board of Trustees, I feel that we can horizontally create and implement a comprehensive plan for BVU’s future that engages the broader campus community and energizes external audiences. Together we can set outcome benchmarks to navigate our future and gauge our success.

My ultimate aim is to be an engaged and active president, so if you haven’t already, I encourage you to visit Storm Lake and the campus where so many inspirational things happen. I would love to meet you!

Joshua D. Merchant, Ph.D.
President, Buena Vista University

President Joshua D. Merchant

In the News

BVU Names New Vice President for University Development and Alumni Engagement

May 17: Johnson is an accomplished advancement professional with more than 24 years of higher education experience in fundraising, marketing, and alumni relations.

BVU Celebrates Inauguration of 18th President

May 5: Community members, delegates representing institutions from across Iowa and the U.S., as well as BVU students, alumni, faculty, and staff, gathered to support Dr. Joshua D. Merchant in his new leadership role.


Office of the President
Ballou Building
Phone: 712.749.2103
Fax: 712.749.2050


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