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Fredric Volkmann to address Iowa Wesleyan graduates

Apr 22, 2013

M. Fredric Volkmann, vice chancellor emeritus for Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., will give the keynote address during this year’s Iowa Wesleyan College Commencement ceremonies, Saturday, May 4.

Volkmann, who retired from the University as vice chancellor of public affairs in 2011, is recognized as a leading figure in higher education advancement. His career in public affairs, communications and marketing spanned 52 years, 49 of which were in academe.

He is a graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College with a bachelor’s degree in English.

Volkmann served as sports information director and a news writer while a student at Iowa Wesleyan. Following graduation, he worked for a year as informational services director for the college. He moved to Albion College, where he worked in the information services office, then Ohio State University where he worked in the office of university relations. In 1980 he joined the staff at Washington University in St. Louis.

An active member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and its predecessor organizations, Volkmann has served on its national board of trustees and as chair of the boards. He received CASE’s Ashmore Service Award for his contributions to the institutional advancement profession, as well as the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Volkmann has been a frequent speaker at CASE seminars and district programs. He received the CASE Steuben Apple Award for excellence in teaching.

He received the Iowa Wesleyan College Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1984.

Iowa Wesleyan College Commencement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 1:30 p.m. on the campus lawn.

The Baccalaureate ceremony speaker will be Rev. Dr. Lilian Gallo Seagren, conference superintendent of the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Gallo Seagren graduated from Philippine Christian University with a degree in social work. She completed her graduate studies in social welfare administration at the University of the Philippines and taught at Philippine Christian University College of Social Work for seven years.

She entered the ordained ministry in 1987, completed her Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and was ordained elder. She completed post-graduate studies in pastoral counseling at Christian Bible College and Seminary in Independence, Mo.

She has served four appointments in the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1992.

The Baccalaureate ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, in the Chapel Auditorium.

For a complete schedule of Iowa Wesleyan College Commencement events, log on to, then click on Commencement under the Campus Life tab.


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