Dr. Todd Olson, President-Elect

Mount Mercy's Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Dr. Todd Olson as the 11th president of Mount Mercy University. Olson will begin his duties as president on July 21, 2021.

About Dr. Todd Olson

Since 2003, Dr. Todd Olson has served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., providing leadership for 15 departments and 140 student affairs staff.

Throughout his 35-year career in higher education, Dr. Olson has been an adjunct faculty member, most recently teaching in Georgetown's higher education administration program and the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Dr. Olson led the creation of Georgetown's Healey Family Student Center and played a major role in their new residential facilities. He has been active in campus planning efforts; policy revisions related to alcohol, sexual assault and bias reporting; and developing new programs linking academic and co-curricular life. Dr. Olson has co-authored articles on entrepreneurial leadership and curriculum infusion, and recently authored a book chapter on dealing with controversial speakers and events in a Catholic context.

A Minnesota native, Dr. Olson earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Morris and went on to receive his master’s degree in counseling psychology at the University of Kansas. He earned his PhD in higher education from the University of Denver, where he also worked in a variety of positions and was one of the founders of the Pioneer Leadership Program, a signature academic and residential learning program.

He served for 10 years as a member of the Policy Committee for the Patriot League athletic conference, and recently served a two-year term as chair of the James E. Scott Academy within NASPA, a leading national student affairs association.

Dr. Olson and his wife, Regina, are the parents of three children.

I see tremendous strength and tremendous promise at Mount Mercy, and I look forward to working with everyone at the university to live out this mission in the years ahead.

Dr. Todd Olson

Presidential Search Process

Mount Mercy's Board of Trustees retained The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB Search), a nationally known firm that specializes in all aspects of higher education executive searches. Trustee Jeffrey Cannon '82 led the search and served as chair of the Presidential Search Committee.

Dr. Olson’s commitment to students and the Sisters of Mercy’s critical concerns aligns perfectly with our values and tradition of compassionate service.

Charlie Rohde
Chair, Board of Trustees