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 inaugurated as the University's 18th president in May 2018.


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


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


The 2018-2023 Strategic Plan

Purpose and Relevance Reimagined

BVU's campus community has joined together to build a Strategic Plan outlining an esteemed vision that reaffirms our worth and dynamic ability to embrace change and impact lives. The effort was led by a strong team of University leaders, with results reflecting recommendations and input from faculty and staff.

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A new era for BVU

Buena Vista University officially inaugurated President Merchant on May 4 and 5, 2018. The events were a celebration of the President’s eminent purpose and his outlook on the novel relevance of the University.

Inauguration photos and memories

Tweets from President Merchant