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Minneapolis, March 31, 2009 — Ann Iverson, Senior Academic Director of Arts and Sciences and Computer Technology, has been promoted to Dean of Learning and Chief Academic Officer of Dunwoody College of Technology. As Chief Academic Officer, Iverson will manage some of Dunwoody’s academic programs and assume responsibility for promoting academic quality, assessment of student learning, and faculty professional development, including leading the College’s Continuous Learning Improvement Initiative and ensuring that the College meets its accreditation standards.

“Ann brings a wealth of experience managing faculty from a variety of disciplines to the position,” said Richard J. Wagner, President Elect and Provost. “That she also brings a creative sensibility to her work is an added bonus. She brings a thorough understanding of the nuts and bolts of academic administration to the position as well as a deep commitment to providing quality instruction to our students. I’m pleased that she is willing to move in to this new role and am confident that she will succeed in it.”

Iverson began her career at Dunwoody in 1992 as a writing and humanities instructor, eventually becoming English Composition and Humanities Content Area Leader. She was named Director of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and Senior Academic Director of Arts and Sciences and Computer Technology in 2007. She has chaired committees on continuous learning improvement and student learning evaluation and been involved in a variety of quality-related (including curriculum quality) projects for the College. She holds both a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in poetry and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Hamline University.

An accomplished poet, Iverson has been published in more than 20 print and online journals and literary magazines, including The Oklahoma Review and Dos Passos Review. She is the author of two collections of poetry Come Now to the Window (Laurel Poetry Collective) and Definite Space (Holy Cow! Press), which was written in response to the events of 9/11 and her son’s subsequent deployments to Iraq. Definite Space was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and the Pushcart Prize in 2008. Iverson has also taught classes at The Loft Literary Center and her work has been featured three times on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor.

Iverson is a resident of East Bethel, Minn.

Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, nonprofit, endowed institution of higher education in the Upper Midwest. It has provided an hands-on, applied technical education to more than 250,000 men and women, who in turn have gone on to meaningful and rewarding careers. Located on the western edge of downtown Minneapolis, Dunwoody offers two- and four-year degrees as well as several diploma and certificate programs.


Dr. Wagner, the College’s current V.P. of Academic Affairs, will replace the retiring Dr. C. Ben Wright in July 2009.

MINNEAPOLIS, DEC. 1, 2008 — Richard J. Wagner, Ph.D., Dunwoody College of Technology’s vice president of academic affairs, has been named to succeed the retiring C. Ben Wright, Ph.D., as Dunwoody president. Dr. Wagner will assume his new duties on July 1, 2009.

“Dunwoody has a great heritage and an incredibly bright future,” said Dr. Wagner. “I’m truly honored to be our next president as we continue to build on the outstanding work done by Ben Wright, the board of trustees and the College’s faculty and staff.”

The appointment follows a nationwide search conducted by the College after Dr. Wright informed the Dunwoody board of his decision to resign as president effective June 30, 2009. As president, Dr. Wagner will report directly to the board and will assume responsibility for the academic, operational and financial administration of the College.

Gary Petersen, chair of Dunwoody’s board of trustees, said, “We were very fortunate to have had such an outstanding internal candidate in Rich Wagner. Rich has a deep appreciation for what makes Dunwoody a great institution today but he’s also proven to be an innovative, thoughtful leader who is clearly focused on how Dunwoody can best serve students and employers in the years ahead. The board is enthusiastic about this appointment and believes Rich is uniquely qualified to lead the College as we enter into a period that will be both exciting and challenging.”

Dr. Wagner has served Dunwoody in several academic leadership positions since joining Dunwoody in 1996 as an instructor. He left the classroom in 1999 to assume the role of department director and was promoted to dean of learning in 2001. In 2004, Dr. Wagner left Dunwoody to serve as vice president for learning and academic innovation at Hennepin Technical College. He returned to Dunwoody the following year to accept the post of vice president of academic affairs.

During Dr. Wagner’s tenure as Dunwoody’s chief academic officer, the College added its first bachelor’s degree program, added programs that include interior design, graphic design and construction supervision, and developed a new cluster of health sciences programs that will launch in 2009. He also spearheaded the College’s participation in the Academic Quality Improvement Program which resulted in the reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. This quality initiative also created a process for monitoring and ensuring the long-term viability of bedrock Dunwoody programs in academic areas that include automotive, construction and manufacturing technology.

Dr. Wagner’s doctorate is in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota. He holds a master in business administration degree from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and a bachelor of science degree from the University of the State of New York in Albany. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Wagner served 10 years in the United States Navy, including four years as an electrician/technical supervisor on a nuclear submarine before becoming a Navy instructor.

Dr. Wagner, a native of Emmaus, Pa., resides in Waconia, Minn., with his wife, Valerie Wagner. Their son Josh is currently on active duty in the United States Navy.