Upper Iowa University President William R. Duffy II, Ed.D., Ed.S., and the commemorative coin to honor his inauguration.
FAYETTE, Iowa (August 27, 2013) – Upper Iowa University will officially inaugurate William R. Duffy II, Ed.D., Ed.S., as the 21st UIU President during ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 11, in Harms-Eischeid Stadium on the university's Fayette campus.
The UIU Board of Trustees announced Dr. Duffy's selection in May following a nationwide search for a replacement for Dr. Alan G. Walker, who decided not to return to the helm of the university following his Board-approved sabbatical.
Prior to being selected as president, Dr. Duffy served Upper Iowa as the senior vice president for Academic Extension for four years. He was responsible for off-campus offerings at the 19 UIU education centers in the United States and the UIU distance education programs globally, which includes online and the self-paced degree program. In September 2012, Dr. Duffy also assumed leadership of the UIU Integrated Enrollment Center and the Office of Information Technology which provide essential services to all elements of the University.
Before joining UIU, Dr. Duffy served 12 years as the executive director at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he had similar responsibilities with extended campus operations, and also served as a fulltime faculty and department chair. During his tenure at UT Martin, he also conducted extensive research on student persistence and performance which was published in 2010 as a chapter in the Harvard Education Press book, "A Critical Examination of the Advanced Placement Program."
Dr. Duffy is a retired lieutenant colonel who served 20 years as an active duty infantry officer in the U.S. Army, in which he held numerous leadership positions that involved planning, organizing, managing resources/equipment and recruiting in locations around the world. He received his bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy, master's degree and education specialist degree from Appalachian State University, and his doctorate from the University of Memphis. He and his wife, Sharon, have two daughters (Dawn and Maryann), and five grandchildren (Ryan, Brilee, Madison, Bree, and William).
The inauguration theme is "Changing Lives One Student at a Time." In addition, Dr. Duffy has asked UIU to incorporate into its culture the mantra, UIU First – People Always." Inaugural events begin with a community reception at the Fayette Opera House from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9. The event is free and open to the public and includes a coloring contest for area schoolchildren. The contest features a picture of Pete the Peacock, university athletic mascot. Entries will be accepted until 6:30 p.m. and judged by students in the UIU art department. Participating students will be invited to ride with Pete in the UIU Homecoming parade on Saturday, October 12.
On Thursday, President Duffy will celebrate his inauguration with students during an informal lunch gathering at noon in the Student Center Commons. Thursday evening is the President's Society Inaugural Ball, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Tickets for the ball, which includes dinner and dancing, are $60 each and are available for purchase online at uiu.edu/inauguration. Interested ticket buyers may also contact the University Advancement and Alumni office at 563-425-5388.
The formal inauguration ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 11 on the field at Harms-Eischeid Stadium. All are welcome. The ceremony includes a parade of flags, procession of dignitaries, and a musical performance by the North Fayette-Valley High School Chamber Choir, which will perform "Let There Be Peace on Earth." Speakers will include representatives of the Board, students, faculty, staff and community. President Duffy will deliver his inauguration speech following the investiture ceremony. In keeping with recent UIU traditions for celebrating key events, a commemorative coin will be distributed at the event in honor of UIU's long-standing service to and connection with the military. The inauguration lunch will be served immediately after the ceremony concludes under the tent at the north end of the field. All are welcome to attend the free lunch. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to Dorman Memorial Gymnasium, with lunch to follow in the Student Center.
To honor the inauguration of Dr. Duffy, UIU has established the Military Family Fund to help sustain the University's 156-year tradition of meeting the educational needs of the Total Military Family. The fund will support scholarship assistance and student services for military students attending UIU. Donations can be made online at www.uiu.edu/inauguration.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.
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