BVU Leadership

BVU Leadership

Frederick V. Moore


President Fred Moore Frederick V. Moore is the 17th President of Buena Vista University. He is an attorney who holds J.D. with Honors, M.B.A., and B.A. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. President Moore is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma and served on the staff of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation. Moore was a Dean's Scholar at UNC-CH's Kenan-Flagler School of Business. In addition to law practice, he also has experience in private industry as a strategic planner, financial analyst, and marketing executive.

During his years of service at BVU, President Moore and his colleagues have collaborated to achieve several important milestones.

  • BVU became the nation's first totally wireless campus in 2000.
  • The new $26 million Estelle Siebens Science Center.
  • The $9.5 million Lamberti Recreation Center.
  • Construction of three new residence hall projects.
  • Renovation of eight campus buildings.
  • Creation of the online program and expansion of Graduate & Professional Studies to sixteen locations.
  • New graduate programs in education.
  • A new degree - the Bachelor of Applied Studies - that triples the credits BVU accepts for roughly half of Iowa's Community College students.
  • New investments in the academic program and scholarships.
  • Expanded recruiting efforts of diverse populations to significantly increase student diversity.

President Moore has served on a number of regional and national boards and commissions.

  • Appointed to the Access Education and Iowa College Student Aid Commissions by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.
  • Appointed to the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and the Iowa Learns Council by former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack.
  • Chair - Tax Policy Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Board of Directors (past member).
  • Board of Directors - The Council of Independent Colleges (past member).
  • Board of Directors - The Iowa College Foundation.
  • Board of Directors of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation.
  • Board of Directors - MetaBank.
  • Past Trustee - The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.
  • Past Chair - Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
  • Past Chair - Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Council of Presidents.

Barbara Byrne

Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

Barbara Byrne

Dr. Barbara Byrne joined Buena Vista University in January 2015 and will serve as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty through the 2015-16 academic year.

Byrne is senior vice president emeritus for academic affairs at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, where she served for ten years. Byrne has also worked as a higher education consultant for several institutions, and was an administrator and faculty member at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Wells College in New York.

She holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University, where she specialized in genetics, zoology and bacteriology. She also earned her master's degree from Indiana University and her bachelor's degree in biology from Blackburn College.

Kenneth Converse

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Kenneth Converse

Converse was named Vice President for Institutional Advancement in December 1999, having served previously at BVU for five years as director of development. A graduate of South Dakota State University, Converse earned his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is responsible for the operation of the university's development and alumni relations programs. He manages a staff who yield over $5 million per year in support of annual and capital projects. Converse is a frequent speaker and facilitator at Council for Advancement and Support of Education conferences and workshops.

Mike Frantz

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Mike Frantz

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.

Elizabeth S. Merten

Vice President for Business Services

Liz Merten Elizabeth (Liz) Merten has served Buena Vista University with distinction for more than 30 years. Prior to serving as Vice President of Business Services, she was the Director of Business Services from 1996-2007, Business Manager (1990-1996), Assistant to the Vice President for Business (1982-1990), and Cashier/Bookkeeper (1977-1982).

Merten earned a Masters in Human Resource Management (MAHRM) from Briar Cliff University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from Buena Vista University. She has an Employment Law Certification from Drake University, Senior Professional Human Resources Certification (SPHR), World at Work CCP Certification (pending completion), and College Business Management Certification from the University of Kentucky.

Dale Scully

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Dale Scully

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.