On Friday, August 8, 2019, the University shared the following announcement to faculty and staff:

The Board of Directors has accepted President Heckler’s recommendation to begin the search process for the next president of Valparaiso University. This process has commenced.

John Draheim ’64, a member of the Board of Directors, will chair the search committee.  Rick AmRhein, vice president for Community and Government Relations and chief of staff, has been appointed as the Administrative Liaison.  He will provide administrative support for the Search Committee throughout the process.

The selection of a President for the University is the single most important responsibility of the Board of Directors. It is incumbent on the Board to bring to Valpo a successor to President Heckler with the requisite skills and traits of faith, leadership, character and stamina to lead Valpo forward at the nexus of faith and learning that will produce future generations of leaders committed to serve our communities and our world.