Grand View University announces a national search for a
President inviting nominations and applications for this
opportunity to exercise bold, visionary and engaged leadership at a
vibrant, affordable institution in Des Moines, Iowa’s contemporary
capital city. For the last two decades, under the leadership of
President Kent Henning, the institution has undergone a dramatic
transformation in virtually every aspect of the University
including the addition of undergraduate and graduate programs,
growth of athletic programs and exciting facility renewal and
Using its considerable financial expertise, Grand View developed
GV Complete, a completely transparent and straightforward approach
to college affordability and financing that has catalyzed the
institution into a disruptive higher education force. Grand View is
indeed well positioned to respond to the public’s concerns about
the value of a university education.
Grand View, founded in 1896 by members of the Danish Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America, is a private, not-for-profit university
offering bachelor's and master's degrees and accredited by The
Higher Learning Commission. With nearly 1,600 students, an average
class size of 16, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1,
students establish value-added relationships with professors and
Grand View welcomes students from 41 states and 44 countries. It
is also one of the most diverse private universities in Iowa, with
26% of incoming freshmen from diverse populations.
The University has also grown dramatically in physical sense
since 2000, from a campus of about 25 acres to one that encompasses
66 acres. Exciting new and renovated spaces support learning and
enhance the student experience.
Grand View University is on a quest to find an innovative,
visionary leader to serve as its 14th President. Over the last two
decades, this special institution has blazed a remarkable trail of
transformation and aims to build on that foundation to scale even
higher pinnacles of success.
The next President will embrace the centrality of the academic
program and will evidence a love of learning worthy of emulation.
They will be firmly committed to shared governance and consultation
with stakeholders as well as a decisive management style.
The new President will be an academic entrepreneur who
collaborates with colleagues and the Board of Trustees to seize
opportunities for new curricular and co-curricular programmatic
offerings that reflect the dynamic nature of employer priorities
and the higher education marketplace. Student recruitment and
persistence will be a major priority for the next President and the
successful candidate must demonstrate a track record of
accomplishment in or high aptitude for this vital area. Potential
new markets and student populations are integral to Grand View’s
While successful senior leadership experience in a small,
private college or university is a plus, Grand View welcomes
accomplished leaders from other higher education sectors as well as
other professional walks of life, provided they fulfill the desired
qualities, attributes and credentials as outlined in the Search
Profile and fully embrace Grand View’s mission and purpose. If that
is the case, a terminal degree will enhance such a candidacy, but
it is not required. The next President must hold an advanced
Pursuant to the University Bylaws, the President shall be
Lutheran and/or willing and able to understand, appreciate and
preserve Grand View’s practices and values that are rooted in its
Lutheran heritage, including the ideals of Lutheran Higher
education. The President shall also give attention to the religious
life of the University.
The search profile may be found at:
Nominations and expressions of interest may be submitted
electronically to: GrandViewPresident@agbsearch.com.
Candidates are asked to submit electronically in MS Word or Adobe
PDF: (1) a letter of interest reflecting on the leadership
attributes as outlined in the Search Profile, (2) a CV, and (3) the
names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of five
References will not be contacted without first securing the
permission of the candidate. The University welcomes the
candidacies of women and persons from diverse populations. To
receive full consideration, materials should be received on or
before January 12, 2022. The next President will be invited to
assume office on or about July 1, 2022.
Please direct inquiries to:
Frederick V. Moore, J.D., MBA
Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search
Melinda M. Leonardo, Ph. D.
Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search
(919) 280-4901 (cell)
Additional information about Grand View University may be found
Grand View University is committed to providing equal access
to its educational programs, activities and facilities to all
otherwise qualified students and job applicants without
discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed,
religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation,
gender identity, or any other category protected by applicable
state or federal law. An Equal Opportunity employer, the University
also affirms its commitment to nondiscrimination in its employment
policies and practices.