Alumni Success Stories
What year (years) did you graduate and which program(s) did you complete?
Also, the decision to follow others' encouragement to enter into the world of public affairs and development while at Drake resulted in my position as vice president for Public Affairs and Development at Western Illinois University. And, that eventually led to me becoming president of WIU.
One of the more interesting opportunities/challenges was bringing a "private university development mentality" to a regional public university, and it worked. Many of the teachings of Dave Turney and his realistic approach to life, in general, were forged in my brain.
Perhaps one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges was assisting in the process of identifying the core values upon which everything within the institution stood. This was particularly rewarding while I served Augustana College in South Dakota as president and later following retirement from Augie when I served the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America as its president.
What has been your most significant professional accomplishment since graduating?