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Rachelle Karstens, JD

Rachelle Karstens

Interim President of Briar Cliff

Department: President's Office
Phone: 712-279-5407
Email: Rachelle.Karstens@briarcliff.edu
Office Location: Noonan Hall 103


• BA, Psychology, Wartburg College

• JD, College of Law, University of Iowa

Rachelle Karstens


Rachelle earned her B.A. in Psychology from Wartburg College summa cum laude & her juris doctorate with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law. She is currently working towards her PhD in Education through Drake University.

Rachelle has over twenty years of experience as a practicing attorney, and has higher education administrative experience in both the university and the community college setting. Rachelle came to Briar Cliff University from Indian Hills College, where she served as the Executive Director, Philanthropy & Alumni Relations. She commenced her professional career in higher education as the Director of Planned Giving for the University of Iowa Foundation. Additionally, she previously served on the governing board for her alma mater, Wartburg College, as well as the governing board for Grinnell Regional Medical Center.