Dr. William R. Duffy II
Biography of Dr. Duffy
Executive Assistant to the President and
Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Holly Wolff brings seven years of experience working at the University. As the University's events and transportation coordinator, Ms. Wolff has had the opportunity to interact regularly with faculty, members of the Board of Trustees, administration, staff, students and visitors to campus. Ms. Wolff has also served on the Events Rates and Advisory Board, was a member of the Student Center Management Team, and served on the following committees: Staff Welfare, New Student Days, Homecoming, Ribbon-Cutting, Family Weekend, Holiday Planning, Commencement and Diversity.
Ms. Wolff graduated cum laude from Upper Iowa University with a B.A. in communications (emphasis in media production) and is currently enrolled in UIU's Master's of Higher Education Administration program. As the recipient of the Erma K. Ledgerwood Scholarship, Ms. Wolff has been paying it forward as an active member of Team Peacock, riding RAGBRAI to raise money for student scholarships. She is also a member of the National Association for Presidential Assistants in Higher Education.
Ms. Wolff and her husband, Tim, reside in Oelwein with their three children: Ashten, Katie, and Carson.
Leslie T. Anderson
Chief Financial Officer
Leslie T. Anderson, CPA, MBA, is Chief Financial Officer at Upper Iowa University. Anderson came to UIU in 2014 after serving nearly eight years at Black Hawk College, Moline, Ill. She started at Black Hawk as manager of accounting services and left as Chief Financial Officer and vice president for finance and board treasurer. She also was a member of the adjunct accounting faculty. Prior to Black Hawk, Anderson was controller at H&R Accounts in Moline. Previously she was a senior business analyst-business development with John Deere Health, Moline, and a senior accountant at Eagle Food Centers, Milan, Ill. She also has been a staff accountant at McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, Galesburg, Ill. Anderson is currently pursuing an EdD in higher education online through the University of Nebraska. She earned her MBA and her bachelor of business in accounting from Western Illinois University. She also has an associate’s degree in accounting from Black Hawk College. Anderson is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a recipient of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation and Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting awards.
Ismael J. Betancourt Vélez, E.M.I.B.
Vice President of International Programs
Mr. Betancourt joined the UIU staff in August of 2012. He brings more than 13 years of experience in higher education and provides leadership for all international operations at the UIU's Fayette campus as well as the campuses in Hong Kong and Malaysia.
Mr. Betancourt comes from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he held the position of Executive Director for International Education. In this capacity, Mr. Betancourt managed all international-related offices including the Office of International Student Services, the Office of Study Abroad, the Academic Service Learning Semesters and the Intensive English Program. Furthermore, Mr. Betancourt closely worked with the Office of Undergraduate Admission as it relates to the admissions and recruitment of international students. Prior to Xavier University, Mr. Betancourt held the positions of Director of Education Abroad at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, and Director of the Office of International Services at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Mr. Betancourt has held leadership positions at NAFSA: Association of International Educators and currently serves as a Certified Site Reviewer for the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC). He is also a member of the Forum of Education Abroad, the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), and an ex-Board member of the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council.
Mr. Betancourt holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Business and International Studies, an Executive Masters in International Business, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. All degrees are from Saint Louis University.
David S. Miller
Director of Athletics
Mr. Miller has served as the Director of Athletics at UIU since May of 2009. As the Director of Athletics, Mr. Miller provides leadership, direction, and senior management to 13 intercollegiate programs and over 325 student-athletes who compete on the NCAA Division II level in the highly competitive Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Previously David served as the Director of Athletics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has held leadership positions in intercollegiate athletic administration at Southern Methodist University, Ohio University, and Truman State. Mr. Miller began his career in intercollegiate athletics at the U.S. Air Force Academy while serving on active-duty. He is a member of the D2 Athletic Directors' Association Football Task Force and serves as the liaison for the NSIC for Men's Golf. David is the past of the Chair of the NSIC Administrators Committee and the Ethics and Eligibility Committee. He previously served on the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Regional Advisor Committee. As well, he is a former Board member of the Division II Athletic Director's Association, the College World Series of Omaha, and the Omaha Sports Commission. He is originally from Manning, Iowa and received his bachelors degree in Business Administration from Regis University and his Master's of Sports Administration from The Ohio University.
Vice President of External Affairs
Andrew Wenthe has been with Upper Iowa since 2005. Wenthe's responsibilities include leadership of the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Development as well as the Office of Communications and Marketing. Wenthe also provides leadership on regional economic development initiatives, government and community relations, and efforts to secure grant and foundation support.
Wenthe earned his B.A. in Political Communications from the University of Northern Iowa and his Masters in Higher Education Administration from Upper Iowa University. Additionally, he served for six years in the Iowa House of Representatives and currently serves as the Mayor of the City of Fayette.
Dr. Kurt W. Wood
Provost and Executive Vice President
Dr. Kurt W. Wood became the first UIU Provost in charge of all academic programming, student success and student services on March 1, 2014.
The Upper Iowa provost serves as Chief Academic Officer and is responsible for recruiting and retaining quality faculty; for directing the residence life program on the Fayette campus; for directing student support services throughout the University; for directing enrollment management, including developing strategies for recruiting and retaining students and contributing to student success. The provost ensures that curriculum and programs accurately reflect the mission of the University and align with the strategic plan. The provost provides leadership for academic program planning and development, educational policy, program assessment, faculty evaluation and faculty development.
Wood, a 1976 graduate of UIU, has been vice chancellor for clinic affairs at the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport since 2009, from where he earned his doctor of chiropractic degree in 1979. He also served Palmer College as dean of clinics and executive dean for clinic affairs. Prior to joining the Palmer leadership team in 2007, Wood had been on the faculty of the College of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, Minn., since 1987, Named teacher of the year in 2001, he served as department chair, director of clinical services, program coordinator, chair of the College of Chiropractic, and as associate dean of clinical services. He has also been active in private practice and in a number of professional organizations and community service organizations. He is widely published and frequently presents on clinical care and health care administration matters. Wood was elected to the UIU Board of Trustees in 1990 and honored as trustee emeritus in 2009.