Wartburg College’s new president plans Bettendorf stop

Rebecca Neiduski, president of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, will be in Bettendorf on Saturday, Feb. 25, for a meet-and-greet session. CREDIT WARTBURG COLLEGE

The new president of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, will attend a meet-and-greet event in Bettendorf on Saturday, Feb. 25, to share her vision for the college.

Rebecca Neiduski, Wartburg’s 18th president, will be at the Crawford Brew Works, 3659 Devils Glen Road, from 5-7 p.m. 

The event was organized by the college’s Alumni Office and designed to give the Wartburg community and alumni an opportunity to meet and introduce themselves to Ms. Neiduski and hear some of her plans for Wartburg.

Ms. Neiduski is the first female president in the college’s 170-year history. She was unanimously recommended to the Board of Regents by a 14-person search committee, which included faculty, staff, student and board representation. The committee partnered with WittKeiffer, an executive search firm, to ensure a strong, diverse pool of candidates, according to a college release.

She succeeded Darrel Colson, who announced his retirement in September 2021. He served as Wartburg’s president since 2009, during which time he led the college through the execution of its strategic plan, “Living Our Learning; Claiming Our Calling; Transforming Tomorrow.” 

In support of that plan, the college community generously gave to the “Transforming Tomorrow” campaign, which raised more than $89 million, including $34 million for scholarships.

Ms. Neiduski came to Iowa from Elon University in North Carolina, where she was dean of the School of Health Sciences. Before Elon, she was the chair and program director for the Department of Occupational Therapy at Concordia University Wisconsin and an associate professor of occupational therapy with tenure at Maryville University in St. Louis.

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