Iowa Wesleyan, USDA & Two River’s Bank & Trust Enter Historic Partnership

Written by Theresa Rose on October 4, 2016

Mount Pleasant, Iowa: October 4, 2016 – Iowa Wesleyan University has partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Two River’s Bank & Trust to continue Iowa Wesleyan’s excellence as a top tier regional comprehensive university. Iowa Wesleyan University was approved to participate in the USDA’s Community Facilities Program. This program is designed to support rural development and advance institutions committed to rural development. The partnership became official at a signing ceremony at Iowa Wesleyan University on October 4.
“This is an unprecedented time in Iowa Wesleyan’s history. We have entered a new era. An era focused on mission, planning and prosperity,” said Dr. Steven Titus, president of Iowa Wesleyan. “The partnership with the USDA and Two River’s Bank & Trust will ensure our strategic direction to expand the impact Iowa Wesleyan University makes in serving southeast Iowa and our rural communities.”
“Strong local partnerships are critical for a region to thrive, especially when those partnerships are centered on education and financial support. We must have an educated and skilled workforce and the economic activity to move us forward,” Matt Shinn, executive vice president at Two Rivers Bank & Trust stated. “Dr. Titus’ leadership is vital to our region. Not just to Iowa Wesleyan University, but also to the other community boards and organizations in which he participates. His visionary leadership is evident in the significant way he is shaping the role that Iowa Wesleyan will accomplish on our region’s future,” Shinn added.
“We are grateful for Two River’s leadership and to the USDA as we plan for and influence the future success of our region. Their collective belief in the vision and mission of the university enable Iowa Wesleyan to continue its forward momentum in the region and beyond,” shared Titus. “This partnership is a significant vote of confidence in our strategic direction and clears the way for us to continue to aggressively advance our strategic agenda for the benefit of our rural communities.”
In addition to this unprecedented move for the university, Iowa Wesleyan has the largest incoming freshman class in four decades. As a result, Iowa Wesleyan’s incoming class enrollment has increased 150% in just two years. Overall enrollment is currently nearing its five-year projection for 2020.
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