The Inauguration of Joshua D. Merchant, Ph.D.

Dr. Joshua Merchant was named the 18th President of Buena Vista University by the Board of Trustees in 2017. BVU officially inaugurated our President during Inauguration events on May 4 and 5, 2018.


Purpose & Relevance Reimagined

In May 2018, Buena Vista University officially inaugurated our eighteenth President, Dr. Joshua D. Merchant. The events were a celebration of the President’s eminent purpose and his outlook on the novel relevance of the University.

President Merchant’s vast achievements and 20 years of experience in higher education have prepared him to take the helm and address Buena Vista University's opportunities and challenges. His core values are those that reside in the heart of our Storm Lake community, and he looks forward to pairing BVU’s transformational mission with its strong values.

Congratulations, Josh! It's great to be part of this celebration of your achievements thus far. Wishing you and Carrie much success at BVU! So happy it has happened to be in Iowa - a place I love dearly.

Tami Baumann - Lansing, Michigan

Congrats! May BVU bring you the best years of your life!

Jake and Erin Nelson - Alta

Congratulations, Dr. Merchant and Carrie. Having grown up in the shadows of Buena Vista and then working with Josh earlier in his career at Michigan State, this is the intersection of two of my historical points. Best wishes to you both and best of luck.

Rhonda Fulcher Coon - Stillwater, Oklahoma
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About Buena Vista University

Founded in 1891 by the Presbyterian Church, BVU’s traditional campus on the shores of Storm Lake has more than 45 majors and pre-professional programs, 19 men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports teams, more than 60 student organizations and clubs, and a variety of intramural activities. Our 16 degree completion locations, online, and graduate programs expand student potential with an academic rigor designed for working adults and a variety of class formats. BVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, holds membership in more than 10 higher education professional associations, and has been named a top school in U.S. News & World Report’s "America’s Best Colleges" publication several times over the past two decades.