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Trent Grundmeyer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-3719
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311


BA: Buena Visita University
MA: Drake University
PhD: Iowa State State University

Honors & Professional Memberships


  • Drake University Digital Faculty Member of the Month (Sept. 2017)
  • School Administrators of Iowa Executive Leader (2016)
  • United State Department of Education Innovation Datapalooza, Invited Participant (2014)                        
  • Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year by School Administrators of Iowa (2013)
  • Mason City Globe Gazette Top 20 under age 40 honorer (October 2009)
  • Named 2007 Character Counts! Administrator of the Year

Professional Memberships

  • Iowa Consortium of Professors of Education Administration (ICPEA)
  • The School Superintendents Association (AASA)
  • National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP)
  • Iowa Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (IASCD)
  • School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) Leadership Partnership Committee Member
  • Character Counts! Coalition of Iowa
  • Area Education Agency (AEA) Advisory Board Member
  • Buena Vista University Alumni Board Member
  • Visionary Talk Radio Guest
  • Mentor for new administrators in Iowa

Prior Positions

  • Indianola High School Principal (2010-2013)
  • Hampton-Dumont High School Principal (2006-2010)

Areas of Expertise

  • Technology adoption
  • Teaching and learning
  • School leadership
  • Education reform
  • Hiring school leaders

Courses Taught

  • Leadership and the Profession
  • Applications of School Law, Mandates, and Policies
  • Policy, Influence, and Legal Issues
  • Supervision of Instruction
  • Education Specialist Clinical Field Experience
  • Technology and Organizational Leadership
SOE News
May 7, 2018
Wayne Ford, a longtime Iowa elected official and nonprofit leader, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during Drake’s 144th Commencement Ceremony for Undergraduate Degree Recipients at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 20, in The Knapp Center.