IWU Promotes Three Executives to Drive the University's Strategic Plan

IWU Promotes Three Executives to Drive the University's Strategic Plan

 June 24, 2024 (Marion, In.) — Indiana Wesleyan President, Dr. Jon Kulaga, is promoting three employees to work with him in the administrative office in lead roles to aid in university relations internally and externally. He will move Mr. Tod Dalberg from Chief Marketing Officer to the Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer, Dr. Karen Dowling from Vice President for Diversity and Intercultural Integration to Executive Vice President and Chief People and Culture Officer, and Dr. Linda Manganello from Chair of the Division of Modern Language, Literature, & Communication to Chief of Staff. The moves will promote collaboration and connectivity to internal stakeholders and external partners.

Mr. Tod Dalberg brings a wealth of marketing industry experience proven in developing strategies beneficial to the university over the past 18 months. Mr. Dalberg will continue leading the marketing department and take on the new responsibility of leading the IT department, a critical element in the university’s ability to innovate and drive new initiatives.

Dalberg has already transitioned to his new role as Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Strategy Office and will begin leading the IT team July 1st. Dr, Kulaga said, “His vision, diligence, strategy, and excellence in marketing and digital marketing of the university to a broader audience have resulted in strong enrollment numbers at N&G. I’m delighted by the receptivity of the world-changing individuals with whom he has built relationships.”

Dr. Karen A. Dowling possesses a proven ability to advocate, encourage, and connect with faculty, staff, students, and alumni, crucial in building a culture of hospitality. Dr. Dowling’s new position emphasizes the importance of our people and their role in producing graduates of character, scholarship, and leadership. In her new role, her duties will encompass human resources, diversity, and intercultural inclusion.

Dowling will also build strategies focusing on mentoring, succession planning, and onboarding new employees for the institution. Dr. Kulaga commented, “I value the passion Karen has brought to the Kingdom Diversity work at the university and in creating opportunities for multicultural groups to find a place of belonging within the IWU community.” Dr. Dowling’s role as Executive Vice President and Chief People and Culture Officer will start on August 1st.

Dr. Linda Manganello’s tireless work as Chair of the Division of Modern Language, Literature, & Communication has shown her dedication to IWU and allowed her to demonstrate her gift in effectively communicating faculty achievements. Dr. Manganello will work with the cabinet and the myriads of internal relationships to keep our mission, vision, and values moving forward.

Dr. Kulaga stated, “I know how respected Dr. Manganello is by her peers. I am excited that she is willing to bring her strong communication and leadership skills to the President’s office in her new role.” Dr. Manganello begins as Chief of Staff on August 1st.  

Dr. Kulaga continues to explore ways to build the Christ-centered culture of IWU internally and relationships with future partners and education pathways externally. With these three new roles, he hopes to further the vision he set forth in the Momentum Plan and grow the Kingdom impact of IWU.

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