Viterbo University Strides Magazine Online

It's Six More Years for Viterbo's President

The turnover rate for college presidents these days averages under six years. Viterbo University President William J. Medland has exceeded that statistic by four years -- and counting.

July marked the 10-year anniversary for Medland as president of the university and, with only one year left on his contract, the Viterbo Board of Directors wanted to make sure it wasn’t his last. In a move this past April, the Board unanimously approved a five-year extension on Medland’s contract.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Medland. “Much has been accomplished at Viterbo in the last 10 years and, God willing, we’ll accomplish much more in the next six!”

During Medland’s tenure, endowment has grown from $2 to $10 million. The overall budget increased from less than $8 million to more than $27 million, and skyrocketing enrollment filled the residence halls to overflowing. In addition, Medland’s strategic plan, Vision 2005: A Renaissance for Living and Learning in the 21st Century, created many changes on campus. Those changes include: establishment of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership; construction of Rose Terrace, a new residence hall; interior and exterior renovation of the Fine Arts Center; development of an outdoor athletic complex; and development of two new campus malls, V-Hawk Court and Viterbo Court. A new Center for Ethics, Science, & Technology and annex to the Student Activities Center are also planned as part of Vision 2005. See the February 2001 issue of Strides magazine for a more in-depth look at Medland’s tenure.