Dr. Patrick Jacobson-Schulte named BCU’s next president

Published: Mar. 16, 2023 at 1:14 PM CDT
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Briar Cliff University has named Dr. Patrick Jacobson-Schulte as its 12th president.

The announcement came during an all-campus meeting Thursday afternoon at the St. Francis Center on Briar Cliff’s campus.

Dr. Jacobson-Schulte was one of three finalists being considered for the job. He was already serving as BCU’s Interim President. It was a role he assumed last July when BCU President Dr. Rachelle Karsten became president of Grand View University in Des Moines.

”I knew it was a competitive search as a whole, I was confident in my skills, but at the same time as you come in having 50 different individuals to look at, all I did was kept true to who I am in my heart and what I believe in Briar Cliff and what I thought Briar Cliff was looking for and I thought that was able to shine through,” said Dr. Jacobson-Schulte.

Even the students on campus are excited to have Dr. Jacobson-Schulte as their president.

”I was lucky enough to be included on the search committee to let the students have a voice and so from the student perspective we want someone who has longevity who’s going to stay her for a long time. We wither wanted someone just like him or either him... we wanted someone just like Patrick,” said Briar Cliff Student Body President, Kennedy Andersen.

The other two finalists were Dr. Joseph J. Foy, who currently serves as the Interim President at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Dr. Nikki Fennern who serves as the Executive Vice President at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois.