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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 18, 2014

Iowa Wesleyan College inaugurates president

By TRISHA PHELPS | Apr 09, 2014

MT. PLEASANT (GTNS) – Iowa Wesleyan College inaugurated its 29th college president, Dr. Steven E. Titus, on Friday.

Titus was chosen president by the IWC Board of Trustees in May of 2013, succeeding President Jay Simmons, and came to Mt. Pleasant to assume his duties in July.

Since his arrival, Iowa Wesleyan has seen several changes, including cutting 45 faculty and staff positions and 16 majors – a change that has overshadowed much of the other recent developments at the college.

“This year we endeavored to respond to the realities and opportunities before us,” said Titus in his presidential address on Friday. “This resulted in reorganizing the college and a number of academic programs. We lost too many good colleagues in this endeavor, too many. And to those colleagues, we say ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you for your dedicated service and your wonderful contributions.’”

Titus went on to highlight some of the other changes at the college since his arrival, including launching the commission on academic excellence, initiating the first dual enrollment program in connection with the Mt. Pleasant Community School District, new graduate education program, expanding online programs, online delivery capacity to multiple states, and fundamentally changing the approach to enrollment management.

“Across the nation colleges and universities are being stretched and tested to respond quickly to the intense external pressures around issues of access, affordability, accountability, academic quality, student outcomes and performance and continuous improvements,” Titus said.

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