Valparaiso University's Board of Directors is beginning the search for a new president after Mark Heckler informed the board he intends to step down from the position he's held since 2008. Heckler has agreed to remain as president until a successor has been found and takes office. 

“President Heckler has provided steady leadership of Valparaiso University, during flourishing times and those of transition,” said Frederick G. Kraegel, chair of the board of directors. “He has served Valpo selflessly with tireless dedication and the Board of Directors joins me in expressing our deepest gratitude for his exemplary leadership and service during the past 12 years.”

Heckler is credited with implementing a planning process that brought the Institute for Leadership and Service and also created the Presidential Commission for an Inclusive Valparaiso Community. He also launched the university's first endowment campaign, Forever Valpo: The Campaign for Our Future which has raised over $215 million.