The Inauguration of Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D.

Celebrating, Evolving, Transforming Buena Vista University

Buena Vista University will celebrate the Inauguration of its nineteenth President Brian A. Lenzmeier, Ph.D. with an installation ceremony on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. Dr. Lenzmeier has served BVU for more than 18 years, and it is our honor to celebrate his Presidency.

Victory Arch and Schaller Memorial Chapel, two campus landmarks

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In October 2020, Buena Vista University named Dr. Brian Lenzmeier its nineteenth President. We are pleased to announce his Inauguration celebration for Oct. 8, 2021.

President Lenzmeier’s inaugural theme, Celebrating, Evolving, and Transforming Buena Vista University, stems from his rich background in science. He acknowledges how important it is to first and foremost celebrate the history and past successes of the institution before we can begin to look to the future. As a biologist, President Lenzmeier studied organisms evolving and transforming, much like our University has, and will continue to do, over time. As we continue to evolve and transform together, we are guided by three overarching principles: creating quality experiences and outcomes, attaining financial stability, and producing a culture of continuous improvement and innovation. These three principles provide a framework for Dr. Lenzmeier’s presidency, and a vision for the University’s future.

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Schedule of Events: Friday, Oct. 8

1-3 p.m.

Social hour

South Forum Lawn Patio

During this time we also encourage you to tour campus spaces including:

  • Newly renovated library and Center for Academic Excellence
  • Art Gallery located in the Social Sciences & Art Hall featuring work by Andre Wagner, Class of 2010
  • The Foundry, BVU's idea incubator and co-working space located downtown at 524 Lake Avenue

4 p.m.

Presidential Inauguration Ceremony of Dr. Brian A. Lenzmeier

Schaller Memorial Chapel

Open seating at ceremony.

Following ceremony


Estelle Siebens Science Center

Refreshments will be served. The Art Gallery in the nearby Social Sciences & Art Hall will also be open.

About Dr. Lenzmeier

Dr. Brian Lenzmeier joined Buena Vista University as a Professor of Biology in 2003 and has been with the University ever since, making his home in Storm Lake. A two-time BVU Faculty Member of the Year, as chosen by the Student Senate, he was the 2009 recipient of the George Wythe Award, the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching. Lenzmeier used his Wythe Award stipend to support a sabbatical as a research fellow in molecular medicine at the Mayo Clinic in 2011.

Dr. Brian Lenzmeier

Travel Information

Plan your travel to Storm Lake. Our city offers plentiful and quality lodging options for visitors. When making reservations at our local hotels, don't forget to ask for the Buena Vista University discount!

The Scout Park lighthouse at dusk
The Buena Vista University seal

About Buena Vista University

Where students dream, innovate, and build—taking concepts from state-of-the-art classrooms and labs to real-world applications throughout the U.S. and across the globe. Our commitment to Education for Service, Division III athletics, and experiential learning opportunities provide students with skills sought by employers and community leaders. Our campus on the shores of beautiful Storm Lake hosts students in a variety of in-demand majors, while 11 community college partners across Iowa—as well as graduate programs—expand student potential through a variety of convenient online and hybrid programs.