Rachelle Keck Will Be the First Woman President of Grand View University in Iowa

Rachelle Keck has been selected as the fourteenth president of Grand View Univerity in Des Moines, Iowa. When she takes office on July, 1, she will be the first woman to lead the university.

Grand View University enrolls nearly 1,700 undergraduate students and about 180 graduate students, according to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Education. Women make up 54 percent of the undergraduate student body.

Since 2017, Dr. Keck has been president of Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. Earlier in her career in the academic world, she was director of planned giving at the University of Iowa Foundation and executive director for philanthropy and alumni relations at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.

“Grand View University shines as a visionary leader in the field, dedicated to the holistic education of graduates prepared to lead and serve in our diverse and changing world,” said Dr. Keck. “Our entrepreneurial mindset, our critical location in the largest and fastest-growing city in the state, our connection to business and government, as well as the notable acumen and dedication of our faculty, staff, alumni, and board have and will continue to be vital elements of Grand View University’s ongoing success.”

Dr. Keck is a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She earned a juris doctorate at the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in education from Drake University in Des Moines.

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