Dr. Patrick Jacobson-Schulte with Students

Briar Cliff University Announces Jacobson-Schulte as 12th President

March 16, 2023

Briar Cliff’s Board of Trustees announced Dr. Patrick Jacobson-Schulte as the University’s 12th President, effective immediately. Jacobson-Schulte has been serving as the Interim President since July 2022. He joined Briar Cliff University in June of 2021 as the Vice President of Finance.

Briar Cliff University launched a nationwide presidential search in October 2022. Three finalists, including Jacobson-Schulte, were invited to campus to interview.

“The presidential search process made it clear that we have our leader,” said Steve Stouffer, Briar Cliff University Board of Trustees Chair. “Our campus community’s input and support throughout this process has been invaluable. We look forward to his continued commitment and passion for this
special place.”

Originally from central Minnesota, Dr. Jacobson-Schulte has diverse experience in finance and administration within educational institutions. Prior to joining Briar Cliff, he served as the Executive Director of Finance & Operations for Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916 and Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Dakota County Technical College/Inver Hills Community College, both in the Twin Cities, Vice President for Finance & Treasurer at The Sage Colleges in New York and served as Adjunct Faculty for nine years.

A first-generation college student, Dr. Jacobson-Schulte received his Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, in Economics and Master of Business Administration from St. Cloud State University and Doctor of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University, Minneapolis, MN.

“It is not uncommon to see Dr. Jacobson-Schulte around campus, connecting with students, visiting various employees, or waving the BCU flag at athletic events. He is a collaborative leader who understands the value of building relationships and community,” said Stouffer. “We have witnessed incredible momentum these past few years and we remain confident in Dr. Jacobson-Schulte’s ability to maintain and increase this momentum, allowing Briar Cliff to be here for another 100 or more years.”

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to continue to lead Briar Cliff University,” said Jacobson-Schulte. “As a proud Catholic, I believe in Briar Cliff’s Franciscan mission, and I am passionate about the values, education, and opportunities our University provides.”

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