Christine Plunkett, M.B.A.
Christine Plunkett is the 30th President at Iowa Wesleyan University and the first female president in its 177-year history. Chris has held administrative and executive positions in leadership, accounting, and finance for more than twenty-five years, including twenty years in secondary and higher education and several years as a technology consultant and small business owner.
Through the Registry of College and University Presidents, she joined the executive team at Iowa Wesleyan University in July 2015 as Vice President for Finance and Treasurer. She applied her expertise in financial modeling, analysis, and management within a turnaround environment and in long-range strategic planning and implementation. In August 2019 Chris was appointed President at the University.
Prior to joining Iowa Wesleyan University, Chris served in executive positions for seven years at Burlington College in Burlington, Vermont, including two years as president. During her previous two-year presidency, Chris successfully grew enrollment, increased fundraising and alternative program revenue, and initiated a complex development process for the college’s new campus.
Chris holds degrees in finance and management from the University of Vermont and Northeastern University.
Chris and her husband, John Watson, are avid cyclists and enjoy every opportunity they have to spend outdoors. They reside near campus with their two dogs, Finnegan and Mocha.