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Dr. Joshua D. Merchant is BVU’s 18th president, inaugurated in May 2018. President Merchant leads the institution toward the goal of becoming a nationally recognized leader in rural higher education. Learn more about the President and University leaders’ groundbreaking work by viewing the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan below.

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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.

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We’re on the frontier of a rural education revival. With specialty programs in agriculture, business, education, and more, we’re building on our great reputation in the region. Here, students get the support they need from world-class faculty and the belonging they crave in our tight-knit community.

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2018–2023 Strategic Plan


Throughout much of 2017-2018, the campus community 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.

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