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

Celebrating, Evolving, Transforming Buena Vista University

Buena Vista University celebrated 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 has been our honor to celebrate his Presidency.

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BVU Celebrates Inauguration of President Lenzmeier

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.”

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Ceremony Video

See video of President Lenzmeier's Inauguration ceremony in Schaller Memorial Chapel. Multimedia coverage of the ceremony was provided by BVTV and BVU's digital media program.

President Lenzmeier's Inaugural Address

In his inaugural address, President Lenzmeier described three priorities—quality outcomes and experiences, financial strength, and continuous improvement and innovation—as ways in which BVU faculty, staff, students, friends, alumni, Trustees, and more will transform the University.

Brian Lenzmeier Inaugural address

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

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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.