Purpose & Relevance Reimagined
In May 2018, Buena Vista University officially inaugurated our eighteenth President, Dr. Joshua D. Merchant. The events were a celebration of the President’s eminent purpose and his outlook on the novel relevance of the University.
President Merchant’s vast achievements and 20 years of experience in higher education have prepared him to take the helm and address Buena Vista University's opportunities and challenges. His core values are those that reside in the heart of our Storm Lake community, and he looks forward to pairing BVU’s transformational mission with its strong values.
“Congratulations on all your accomplishments and most especially this one! I trust you will instill your values and experience in to making BVU an even greater school than it is today.”
“Congratulations Dr. Merchant! Best wishes for success and growth at BVU.”
“Congratulations, Dr. Merchant and Carrie. Having grown up in the shadows of Buena Vista and then working with Josh earlier in his career at Michigan State, this is the intersection of two of my historical points. Best wishes to you both and best of luck.”
Rhonda Fulcher Coon
“BVU could not have picked a better first family! Josh and Carrie embody all of what it means to the words integrity, loyalty, collaboration and excellence... best choice ever!”
Lake City, Michigan
“I have known your new president his entire life. He is a kind and gentle man with a passion for excellence. BVU is in great hands. Congratulations, Josh!”
About Buena Vista University
Founded in 1891 by the Presbyterian Church, BVU’s traditional campus on the shores of Storm Lake has more than 45 majors and pre-professional programs, 19 men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports teams, more than 60 student organizations and clubs, and a variety of intramural activities. Our 16 degree completion locations, online, and graduate programs expand student potential with an academic rigor designed for working adults and a variety of class formats. BVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, holds membership in more than 10 higher education professional associations, and has been named a top school in U.S. News & World Report’s "America’s Best Colleges" publication several times over the past two decades.