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Iowa Wesleyan Receives Reprieve, Will Stay Open

By Ellis Codjoe, November 16, 2018

Earlier this month, Iowa Wesleyan University President Steven Titus announced that the school might close due to lack of funds.

Thursday, the Board of Trustees met and voted to move forward and remain open through the 2019 spring semester. According to a press release, required funding was secured through support from alumni, friends, community and collaboration with the USDA Rural Development.

Annette Scieszinski, Board Chair, said that new partnerships will be pursued to create a more sustainable future for Iowa Wesleyan. A New Directions Team has been created to carry out this effort.

Titus issue a statement following the reprieve:

“Many individuals in the community came together to fight for the university and this vital rural community. We have been awed by the extraordinary response at this critical and historic moment. Now it is time to get to work to ensure our future.

“I want to express my deep gratitude and appreciation to our generous community, remarkable students, faculty and staff, and many other supporters – all who demonstrated a unified energy in the past few weeks. We appreciate your gifts, kind gestures, prayers and outpouring of support, all of which will allow us to continue our mission.

“We have exemplified the Iowa Wesleyan spirit in the past few weeks by demonstrating leadership, resiliency, compassion and faith. It has been very rewarding to see our mission in action. We look forward to continuing to work together.”

The 176-year-old institution plans on actively recruiting students for the 2019-20 school year and invite businesses and individuals into its philanthropic community, the press release concludes.

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