Karstens named interim president at Briar Cliff

Rachelle Karstens

Sioux City, IA - The Briar Cliff University Board of Trustees today updated the University community on the search for the school’s 11th president.

In a message to the University campus, Interim Board Chair Steve Freeman said the Board planned on making an announcement of the next president this week, however the final candidate withdrew from the search due to family obligations.

The Board of Trustees has voted to name Rachelle Karstens as Interim President of Briar Cliff. Karstens has been overseeing the day-to-day operations of the University in her role as Executive Vice President, a role she assumed in the summer of 2017.

Under Karstens’ leadership, there has been a high level of campus community engagement focused on student success. Karstens has affirmed her commitment to the Board of growing and advancing Briar Cliff University as the best place for students to learn and for faculty to teach.

“This is a very special university where students and faculty are dedicated to a high level of achievement,” says Karstens. “It’s exciting to help shape Briar Cliff’s future.”

“We appreciate and thank Rachelle for her dedication and commitment to Briar Cliff University,” says Freeman. “We have a strong future rooted in our Franciscan values.” 



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