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The current president of Upper Iowa University is Dr. William R. Duffy II. He was selected by the Board of Trustees and has served in the position since 2013.

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 UIU’s 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.


Dr. William R. Duffy II


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 full-time 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).


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 and Events Management before transitioning to the Office of the President in 2012. Ms. Wolff’s responsibilities include the day-to-day management and scheduling of the President’s Office, and assisting with the management and coordination of the Board of Trustees. Ms. Wolff is actively involved in University Strategic Planning and the Facilities Planning Committee.

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 Program. As the recipient of the Erma K. Ledgerwood Scholarship in 2008, Holly has been paying it forward as an active member of Team Peacock since 2006, riding RAGBRAI to raise money for University initiatives and student scholarships. She and her husband, Tim, have three children, Ashten, Katie and Carson. Holly and Tim reside in Fayette, Iowa.