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IW names VP for University Advancement

Mar 13, 2018

Iowa Wesleyan University has announced the appointment of Michael Heaton as its new vice president for university advancement. Heaton is currently the managing director of the Great Plains Regional Office of UNICEF USA.

“Mike will bring great energy and steady leadership to our university advancement team at a time when Iowa Wesleyan is poised to push forward on an ambitious vision,” said President Steve Titus. “Growing up in Mt. Pleasant, Mike fully appreciates how critical Iowa Wesleyan is to the quality of life and economic stability of Southeast Iowa. In addition, Mike stood out as an exceptional, results-oriented candidate with deep experience to lead Iowa Wesleyan’s advancement efforts at this momentous time in the university’s history. He is a seasoned advancement professional who brings a dynamic combination of development, community relations and passionate leadership. We are truly excited to have him join our university.”

“I’m honored to come back home to Mt. Pleasant and join the Iowa Wesleyan community and be a part of such a dynamic leadership team,” Heaton said. “The university is at a pivotal moment in its prestigious history, I want to build on the growing legacy of this incredible institution. I’m eager to begin working with its passionate leaders, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters to help advance Wesleyan’s mission and deliver on its exciting and inspirational plans for the future.”

Heaton earned his bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the University of Iowa and completed his master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University.

“The search committee did a fantastic job in finding the right candidate in Mike,” said Meg Richtman, vice president for strategic initiatives, who chaired the committee. “I want to thank the search committee members for their time and thoughtful commitment to the process.”

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