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

Finalists Named for 2018 George Wythe Award

Feb. 26: The recipient of the award, which was endowed by the late Paul and Vivian McCorkle, will receive a sabbatical and a $30,000 stipend for faculty development.

BVU Implements Plan to Elevate Community Engagement

Feb. 22: The resulting Civic Action Plan presents more than 60 short-term and long-term recommendations for cultural, structural, and policy changes that will enable BVU to advance its overarching commitment to community engagement.


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


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