Iowa Wesleyan University is a four-year coeducational university of liberal arts and sciences related to the United Methodist Church. Iowa Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Commission is located at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413.Telephone: 1-800-621-7440.

Iowa Wesleyan is also accredited by the State Department of Education, and the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.

The baccalaureate nursing program of Iowa Wesleyan University is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON) (400 SW 8th St., Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309; 515-281-3255), and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; 404-975-5000). The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate nursing program is continuing accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

The University is approved by the government-training program under the Veteran’s Bill (550 and 894).


Iowa Wesleyan University is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination in private institutions of higher education. The University does not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student, or applicant for admission because of: race, color, sex (including pregnancy), genetic information, national origin (including ancestry), gender, physical or mental disability, age, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Additionally, the University does not discriminate on the basis of hearing status, political affiliation, citizenship status, marital status, gender expression, or physical appearance. Questions, concerns, or complaints should be addressed to the Office of Human Resources, 319-385-6209.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the legal governing body and the chartered legal entity for Iowa Wesleyan University. As such, it is the final institutional authority and grants all earned degrees awarded by the institution, upon recommendation of the faculty. Its primary responsibility is the articulation of general educational policies and academic goals. In so doing, it is obligated to manage the financial resources of the University and to relate them to the likely needs of the future, and to assure that the Methodist tradition serves as a prelude to and inspiration for the future of the institution. While maintaining a general overview, the Board entrusts the conduct of administration to the President, and through the President to other administrative officers of the institution.

Iowa Wesleyan University operates under the Restated Articles of Incorporation (2003) and Iowa Wesleyan University By-Laws (as adopted in July 2020) granted by the State of Iowa. The University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, but is an independent entity under Iowa law.

The governing body of Iowa Wesleyan University is the Board of Trustees, and the President of the University is the Executive Officer.


The President is appointed by the Board of Trustees, with the involvement of the faculty, staff, and students in the selection process. As the chief executive officer of the institution, the President supervises and directs the affairs of the University. It is the duty of the President to assure that the standards and procedures in operational use within the institution conform to the policies established by the Board of Trustees and to the standards of sound academic practice. The President shares responsibility for the definition and attainment of goals and for operating the communications system which links the components of Iowa Wesleyan University, and is largely responsible for the maintenance of existing institutional resources and the creation of new resources. As the chief spokesperson and representative of Iowa Wesleyan University the President works for public understanding. In all these areas, the responsibilities are to plan, organize, direct, represent, and evaluate.