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.
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.
Dr. Paula Shipper
Vice President for Academic Extension and the Integrated Enrollment Center
Dr. Paula Shipper has over 30 years experience in Higher Education at both public and private institutions. Her passion is service to students and faculty with a key emphasis on excellence in the online/distance modalities.
Shipper comes to UIU from Park University where she served as the Executive Director of Business Development, opening new campus centers around the United States and creating partnerships with business and industry. At Park University, she served 20, 000 students and faculties at their 40 campus centers and online as the Director of Distance Academic Services. She managed all adjunct faculty trainings and quality control processes including the online faculty training program, mentor program, and evaluation processes for all online faculties. During her tenure, the academic processes for online faculty was awarded the Creative Use of Technology Award nationally by the Association of Continuing Higher Education.
For seven years she worked at the Thunderbird School of International Management in Phoenix Arizona, directing corporate programs and establishing academic partnerships with other institutions as a Director in their Executive Education Department. She also served as the Director of the Global MBA Program On-Demand (the blended-online MBA degree) and was the Founder and Director of the Dual Degree with Thunderbird and the Kelly School of Business at the University of Indiana. During this tenure at Thunderbird, she directed the regional business MBA trips in China, Africa, South America and Europe. Shipper also designed and managed the International Certificate with Thunderbird and Purdue College of Engineering.
Dr. Shipper spent almost 10 years at the University of California, San Diego in multiple Student Affairs positions. She is known for starting the Student - Staff Mentor Program and was awarded the Most Outstanding Staff Award by the student body. Dr. Shipper has also worked at the University of Denver, The University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University.
Dr. Shipper has served Upper Iowa University as an online adjunct faculty member in both the Masters in Higher Education Administration and the Masters of Business Degree program. She also has taught as an adjunct in the Graduate Schools at Park University and Fort Hays State University.
Shipper earned a bachelor's degree in special education and a master's degree in agency counseling from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of North Texas.
Vice President of External Affairs
Mr. Wenthe has been with Upper Iowa since 2005. The Office of External Affairs provides leadership on regional economic development initiatives, government relations, and community relations, in addition to providing oversight of the Heartlanding Information Technology Services Center, a faculty and student operated information technology service that provides website development and technical support to area business owners.
Wenthe's responsibilities include leadership of Advancement, Alumni Relations, Development, Grants and Foundation Relations, as well as Fayette Admissions, Financial Aid and Communication and Marketing.
Wenthe serves as the principal investigator for numerous grants and chairs the Upper Iowa Business Development (UIBD) Grant Advisory Committee. UIBD grants of up to $100,000 are awarded annually and on a competitive basis to businesses starting up, relocating or expanding in the City of Fayette.
Dr. Kurt W. Wood
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.