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Iowa Wesleyan makes personnel changes Monday

Jan 21, 2014

MT. PLEASANT (AP) – At a meeting Monday, the Iowa Wesleyan College Board of Trustees approved a recommendation to make program and personnel changes at the college.

IWC President Steven Titus declined to provide details about the changes, only saying the programs in place would be reorganized.

Titus said college officials are working with faculty and other staff regarding potential changes.

“On Wednesday, we will make a formal announcement about the programs that are affected,” he said.

According to a brief statement released by the school, the changes are required to balance the budget and position IWC for future growth.

Some of the programs speculated on social media sites to be on the chopping block include secondary education, music and art programs. Titus, though, declined to shed any light on the rumors.

“I can’t confirm any of that at this time,” he said. “There will only be a few areas in the college that are not affected by the reorganization. We are looking at everything.”

Titus singled out two programs for their strength at the school.

“The programs that are our areas of strength are business and nursing,” he said. “Those are programs that are really important to the region, and they are areas of strength the college will build on in the future.”

Administrators will meet today with faculty and staff affected to discuss transition plans ahead of Wednesday’s announcement.

“I don’t want those people affected to read about it in the newspaper,” Titus said. “I’d rather have them hear everything from me.”

Current students enrolled will be able to continue in their programs and graduate with their majors.

Titus had little else to say about the moves.

“When you look at trends in higher education, we need to move to where the demand is,” he said. “We have a responsibility to meet the needs and demands of the region. That is where we are making the shifts.”

Titus also would not say how much the budget affected the changes.

“We always want to work on fiances,” Titus said.

Associate Vice President David File declined comment, referring all questions to Titus.

Don Wiley, president of the IWC Board of Trustees, could not be reached for comment.

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