Board of Directors

Are you interested in joining MCU's Board of Directors?

The Midwives College of Utah is seeking interest in and nominations to fill open seats on the Board of Directors.

Midwives College of Utah (MCU) is proud to be a leader in midwifery education, offering unique degree programs to meet the rising need for accessible, equitable, and high quality midwifery care. The school was founded by midwife, Dianne Bjarnson, in 1980 and has grown to be one of the largest and longest-standing midwifery programs in the nation. MCU graduates are more than Certified Professional Midwives. They are leaders in the revolution of maternity care and birth culture.

MCU is a non-profit institution with a Board of Directors, a President, administrative staff, and both academic and clinical faculty. MCU is accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) which is approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Students are assigned live instructors for all academic courses and work one-on-one with approved midwives for the clinical component of their education.

MCU provides an educational structure and integrated learning environment for individuals to become midwives of technical expertise, professional excellence, and personal greatness. The curriculum is firmly grounded in the unique and profound power of the Midwives Model of Care™ as a primary pathway for improving outcomes and eliminating inequities for pregnant persons and their babies during the childbearing year. Offering both graduate and undergraduate level degrees in a distance learning format, MCU meets and exceeds national and international midwifery standards for education. MCU believes that all individuals who seek midwifery care or midwifery education should be able to access it. Unfortunately, too often, this is not a reality, and the midwifery profession at-large, suffers without diverse communities and representation. For that reason, MCU offers the Briana Blackwelder Equal Access Scholarship Fund to support student midwives of color.

As MCU’s student body grows and as the school’s reach lengthens, we are seeking to build our board composition to better represent the diverse composition of our student body. Please visit our website at to learn more about our commitment to the vision that every family deserves a midwife. We invite you to participate in our mission to educate Midwives of Excellence by considering serving on our Board of Directors.

For more information about serving on the MCU board please click HERE or visit the Board Member Packet page.

If you are interested in nominating yourself or another person for a board position, please apply below.


Valerie Hall Kristi Ridd-Young

Board of Directors Chair, Midwives College of Utah President, Midwives College of Utah

Selection Process


Interested individuals should review the board's Requirements & Responsibilities to self-assess their qualifications and ability to carry out board responsibilities.


Each candidate should complete the Board Member Application and submit a current resume or CV.


The Nominating Committee will review and assess all applications against the position description profile.


Candidates will be required to complete a Conflict of Interest questionnaire.


The Nominating Committee will conduct candidate phone interviews.


The Nominating Committee will create a candidate list for full board consideration.


The Board will elect new Directors.

Discrimination-Free Community

The Midwives College of Utah, as an institution of higher education and as a community of scholars and midwives, affirms its commitment to the elimination of discrimination and discriminatory harassment, and to the provision of equal opportunity for all. A key objective of the Midwives College of Utah is the creation and maintenance of a positive atmosphere of nondiscrimination in every phase and activity of College operations.

MCU is committed to providing equal opportunity and equal access and to complying with all applicable federal and state of Utah laws and regulations and MCU non-discrimination policies and procedures. Federal and Utah state statutes and regulation and the MCU policies prohibit discrimination, including discriminatory harassment & retaliation, against preceptors and those seeking preceptor approval at the College.

To view MCU’s Non-Discrimination Policy in its entirety, click here.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email the MCU Preceptor Liaison at