Mount Pleasant, Iowa: May 24, 2017 –The Iowa Wesleyan University Athletic department has developed a five–year strategic vision for Tiger Athletics. "Committing to Excellence" will aggressively advance the University's NCAA DIII intercollegiate athletics program in the three key areas of growth and competitiveness; visibility and loyalty; and facilities and equipment.
This vision is designed to positively impact the student-athlete experience, firmly establish the brand and reach of Tiger Athletics, and to enhance facilities, equipment, and technology within the Athletics Department. The vision clearly articulates the importance Tiger Athletics places on the academic and competitive success of its student-athletes, as well as on the recruitment and retention of high performing scholar-athletes.
The aggressive implementation of the strategic vision is underway. This week, the position of Athletic Director was elevated from a historically half-time position to full-time. Iowa Wesleyan is pleased to announce that Derek Zander, Assistant Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach, has been appointed Interim Athletic Director for the 2017-18 academic year, effective immediately. Zander had been serving as Acting Athletic Director when the position became vacant in mid-April. The search for a new head baseball coach will begin immediately.
"We are delighted with Derek's appointment as Interim Athletic Director to launch this important vision," said Dr. Wes Brooks, Vice President for Student Development. "In the short term, people will see an increased number of intercollegiate varsity and junior-varsity programs and a new emphasis on strengthening external relations," Brooks said.
"This is a new day for Tiger Athletics. I am ready to get to work to build on the momentum of the University and to lead the implementation of a dynamic vision that I believe will ensure Tiger Athletics and its student-athletes to rise to new levels of performance, reputation and excellence," said Zander.
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