University Leadership

Joshua Merchant

Dr. Joshua D. Merchant


Merchant joined BVU in 2017 as the University’s 18th president.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communications and theatre from Albion College, his master’s degree in agricultural extension education from Michigan State University, and his Ph.D. in educational leadership from Western Michigan University. His ongoing scholarship focuses on venture philanthropy and its impact on shared governance structures in higher education

With a strong belief that higher education serves the public good, Merchant has worked in education for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining BVU, he was the vice president of development and alumni engagement at the University of North Florida and the executive director and CEO for the UNF Foundation, Inc., where he gained extensive experience in strategic planning, fundraising, external engagement, marketing, and enrollment management.

Merchant also worked at Albion College where he served as vice president of institutional advancement and as interim vice president for enrollment management. During his tenure, he provided leadership for a comprehensive integrated marketing campaign and was part of an enrollment strategy that successfully increased net tuition revenue by 15 percent.

Mike Frantz

Mike Frantz

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Mike Frantz joined BVU as Vice President for Enrollment Management in February 2012.

He previously served as Vice President of Enrollment at Robert Morris University (RMU) in Moon Township, Pa., near Pittsburgh, a position he held since 2009. He is a 1986 graduate of Simpson College and in 1987 he received a master’s degree in political science at the University of Iowa.

Frantz worked on the BVU admissions staff from 1989-1998 starting as a counselor and advancing to Director of Admissions, a position he held for four years. While serving as director, he helped lead the recruitment of four of the five largest freshman classes in BVU’s history and set BVU's all-time freshman class record.

In 1998, he left Buena Vista to lead the enrollment program at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where he also set institutional records. During his career, he has also done enrollment consulting work at a number of universities across the central and eastern regions of the United States.

Brian Lenzmeier

Dr. Brian Lenzmeier

Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

Dr. Brian Lenzmeier joined BVU in 2003 as a professor of biology.

Lenzmeier earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Colorado State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.  He also completed post-doctoral research in molecular biology at Princeton University and was a visiting research fellow in the area of molecular medicine at Mayo Clinic in 2011.

In addition to his role as a professor of biology, Lenzmeier has held several leadership roles at BVU. In recent years, he has served as chair of the Tenure and Promotion Committee, played an integral role in the revision of faculty employment policies, and worked with colleagues to develop and implement a new biomedical sciences major. In 2016, he served on the Board of Trustees’ Presidential Search Committee.

Lenzmeier has been named “Faculty Member of the Year” twice by the BVU Student Senate, and was the 2009 recipient of the George Wythe Award, the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching.

Suzette Radke

Suzette Radke

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Suzette Radke was named Vice President for Finance and Administration in 2016.

She holds a bachelor's degree in Leisure Services and Physical Education from Wartburg College, a bachelor's degree in Accounting from BVU and a master's degree in Professional Accountancy from University of South Dakota, Vermillion. Radke has also received a certificate in Advanced Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.

Radke's career at BVU spans 25 years, including roles as an Accountant, Accounting Manager and Controller, and most recently Director of Business Services and Controller. Since 2012, she has served as an adjunct faculty member in BVU's Harold Walter Siebens School of Business, teaching Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting.

Radke also manages the accounting for a family farm and is actively involved in the community as a member of the Baseball/Softball Improvement Commission, a Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Foundation board member, and an advisory board member for Heritage Bank NA.

Dale Scully

Dale Scully

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Dale Scully joined BVU in 2012 as Associate Dean of Students and was named Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students in May 2014. He earned his A.A. from Yakima Valley Community College, B.A. from Western Washington University, and M.A. in Student Personnel Administration from Columbia University's Teachers College.

Prior to joining BVU, he was Athletic Director, Associate Dean of Students, and Women's Basketball Coach at Uganda Christian University in Mukono, Uganda. Scully was the Associate Dean of Students at Toccoa Falls College from 2007-2009 and served as both the Director of Residence Life and Men's Basketball Coach from 2004-2007 at The King's College in New York City.

In Uganda, Scully coached the UCU women's basketball team to a national championship in the Federation of Ugandan Basketball Association. He also spearheaded the development of a University Sports League for the entire country.

Scully's experience in residence life, athletics, and administration brings him a well-rounded perspective of higher education, which allows him to connect with and serve the needs of a wide array of students.

Emily Williams

Emily Williams

Assistant to the President

Williams joined BVU as assistant to the president in 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Iowa State University (ISU).

Prior to joining BVU, Williams was a development coordinator for ISU’s College of Engineering Development Office. She has also served as an Office of Admissions student supervisor at ISU where she managed a staff of 20 student admissions representatives.