Speaker Date Topic
Rachelle Keck Jul 30, 2024 11:45 AM
Grand View College
Grand View College

As Grand View University’s 14 th and first female president, Dr. Rachelle Keck is a proven leader
with a background in higher education, law, and fundraising.


An Iowa native and one of nine children, Dr. Keck graduated from Wartburg College, after
which she earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law. Dr. Keck is
proud to be a first-generation college student, going on to earn a PhD in Education from Drake
University.


Dr. Keck began her career as a prosecutor before establishing her own law firm. In 2014, Dr.
Keck pivoted to a career in higher education, leading to philanthropy roles at the University of
Iowa Foundation and Indian Hills Community College. Prior to the Grand View presidency, Dr.
Keck served as president of Briar Cliff University. To date, Dr. Keck has served in the role of CEO
for six organizations throughout her professional career.


Dr. Keck has spoken all over the world, highlighting a variety of topics including higher
education, philanthropy, and leadership. Dr. Keck also serves as Director for the National
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Board, Vice Chair for the Iowa Association
of Independent Colleges and Universities, and Vice President of the Iowa College Foundation.
Locally, she serves as a member of the Banker’s Trust Community Board, the Downtown DSM
Board of Directors, and the Des Moines Embassy Club Board of Directors.