Administration/ Executive Leadership Team 

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Dr. William R. Duffy II, President  

Dr. William R. Duffy II

Biography of Dr. Duffy

 Ismael Betancourt Velez

Ismael J. Betancourt Vélez, E.M.I.B. 
Vice President of Student Life and Auxiliary Services

Mr. Betancourt joined the UIU executive management staff in August of 2012 and is part of the President’s Council. He brings more than 19 years of experience in domestic and international higher education and provides leadership for all student life and international education operations including Housing and Residence Life, Counseling and Wellness, Recreation Center, Student Activities, Outdoor Pursuits, Disabilities Services, Dining Services, Security, International Admissions and Recruitment, Education Abroad, Intensive English Program, International Student and Scholar Services, and UIU Hong Kong.

Prior to arriving at Upper Iowa University, Mr. Betancourt held the positions of Executive Director of International Education at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio; 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 Commissioner and 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, and an Executive Masters in International Business. Both degrees are from Saint Louis University.

 Kathy Franken

Kathy Franken
Vice President for Enrollment Management



Rick Hartzell
Director of Athletics

 Marty Parsons

Marty Parsons
Vice President for Finance and Administration

 Joan Poor 

Dr. P. Joan Poor



Aaron Wedo
Director of Human Resources


 Andrew Wenthe

Andrew Wenthe
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.

 Holly Wolff

Holly Wolff
Executive Assistant to the President and
Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trustees

Holly Wolff has been with Upper Iowa University since 2005. Ms. Wolff began her time at UIU in Facilities Management before transitioning to the Office of the President in 2012.

Ms. Wolff graduated cum laude from Upper Iowa University with a B.A. in Communications and is currently enrolled in UIU's Master of Business with a Management emphasis. As the recipient of the Erma K. Ledgerwood Scholarship in 2008, Ms. Wolff has been paying it forward as an active member of Team Peacock since 2006, riding RAGBRAI to raise money for student scholarships. She is also a member of the National Association for Presidential Assistants in Higher Education.