Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Grand View University. As the university’s fiduciary, the board is responsible for Grand View's long term health, overseeing and aligning its strategic direction, educational policy, finances and operations with the mission of the university. This website is intended to provide information about the Board of Trustees to members of the Grand View University community.


Gregory J. Burrows, Chair
Sr. Vice President | Retirement & Investors Services
The Principal Financial Group • Des Moines
Christopher J. Littlefield, Treasurer
President and CEO
Fidelity & Guaranty Life • Des Moines
Nick J. Henderson, Vice Chair
Holmes Murphy & Associates • West Des Moines
Anita Norian, Secretary
Kemin Heiman Nutrition and Health • Des Moines


W. Kim Austen, President and COO, Retired
Allied Group • Des Moines
Kent L. Henning, President
Grand View University • Des Moines
Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President
of Regional Talent Development
Greater Des Moines Partnership • Des Moines
Richard W. Hurd
Hurd Realty • West Des Moines
Karen J. Brodie, Community Leader
Richardson, Texas
Li Zhao Mandelbaum, President of China Operations
China Iowa Group • Des Moines
Michael L. Burk, Bishop
Southeastern Iowa Synod • Iowa City
Mike McCoy, CEO
NCMIC Group, Inc. • Clive
Espnola F. Cartmill, Attorney
Belin McCormick • Des Moines
Christian M. Murray, President and CEO
Denny Elwell Company • Ankeny
Mary C. Coffin, Executive VP, Head of Customer Excellence
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage • West Des Moines
Gary Palmer, President and CEO
Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino • Altoona
Eric T. Crowell, President and CEO
UnityPoint Health • Des Moines
Kurt E. Rasmussen, President
The Rasmussen Group, Inc. • Des Moines
Rosalind E. P. Fox, Factory Manager
John Deere Des Moines Works • Des Moines
Dawn Taylor, Vice President - Sales
Heart of Iowa Market Place • West Des Moines
Brett E. Harman
Des Moines
Miriam De Dios Woodward, CEO, Coopera
Senior Vice President, Affiliates Management Company • Des Moines
Jason C. Henderson, Vice President
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management • West Des Moines

Honorary Members

Marcia H. Brown, CPA
Marcia H. Brown, CPA • West Des Moines
Charles S. Johnson, Chairman, President and CEO, Retired
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. • Des Moines
Eric W. Burmeister, Executive Director
Polk County Housing Trust Fund • Des Moines
Carey G. Jury, Sr. Vice President, Retired
The Principal Financial Group • Des Moines
C. Dean Carlson, Chairman, Retired
National By-Products • Des Moines
Timothy J. Krumm, Attorney
Meardon, Sueppel & Downer, P.L.C. • Iowa City
Garland K. Carver, Business Consultant, President
Carver & Associates, Inc. • Johnston
Robert L. Mahaffey, Vice President & Treasurer, Retired
Anderson Erickson Dairy • Des Moines
Robert S. DeWaay
DeWaay Business and Banking • Des Moines
James W. Noyce, Retired
Des Moines
Phillip D. Ehm, Senior Vice President, Retired
Iowa Public Service & Iowa Power and Light • Olathe, Kansas
Sandra K. Rasmussen, Director
The Rasmussen Group/Jensen Construction Co. • Des Moines
Thomas R. Gibson, CEO, Retired
Farm Bureau Financial Services • West Des Moines
Elton P. Richards, Senior Pastor, Retired
St. John’s Lutheran Church • Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
Larry D. Hartsook, Vice President, Retired
Meredith Corporation • Des Moines
John P. Rigler, President & CEO
Security State Bank • New Hampton
Michael N. Hess, Pastor, Retired
Sacred Heart Church • West Des Moines
Paul E. Schickler, President, Retired
DuPont Pioneer • Johnston
Theodore M. Hutchison, Vice Chairman, Retired
The Principal Financial Group • West Des Moines
Martha A. Willits, President and CEO, Retired
Greater Des Moines Partnership • Des Moines