Office of the President

The Office of the President leads Buena Vista University toward the goal of becoming a nationally recognized leader in rural higher education. Learn more about the University's groundbreaking work by viewing our Strategic Plan.

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Office of the President
Ballou Library Building

Buena Vista University celebrated the inauguration of President Brian Lenzmeier in a ceremony on Oct. 8, 2021 at Schaller Memorial Chapel.

“I want to mention how humbling it is to stand here right now,” Lenzmeier said. “I love BVU. I love the people with whom I work. I love seeing what our students do while they are with us, and what they accomplish after they graduate. I want more than anything to see BVU and its stakeholders thrive.”

Lenzmeier, a native of Willmar, Minn., came to BVU in 2003 as a Professor of Biology, after having earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Colorado State University and completed post-doctoral research in molecular biology at Princeton University. The graduate of Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., would later serve as a visiting research fellow in molecular medicine at the Mayo Clinic.

Lenzmeier, a two-time BVU Faculty Member of the Year and the 2009 George Wythe Laureate for excellence in teaching, is one of few college presidents today whose background is in virology.

Purpose and Relevance Reimagined

Strategic Plan

The Buena Vista University campus community has joined together to build a strategic plan, outlining a vision that reaffirms our worth and dynamic ability to embrace change and impact lives. The effort was led by a team of BVU leaders with input from our faculty and staff. The plan leads the University into a new era of claiming our identity as a premier higher education institution in the region.

Victory Arch and Schaller Memorial Chapel, two campus landmarks