Paying forward the Wartburg mission

Paul Mugan

NAME: Paul Mugan

CLASS YEAR: 1990

MAJOR: Biology

OCCUPATION: Biology teacher in the Waverly-Shell Rock Schools

WHY WARTBURG: I was introduced to Wartburg College by my high school football coach, Robert Bye, who is a Wartburg grad. It felt like a great honor to have him recommend his alma mater to me. I visited campus just one time. On our tour, the number of friendly greetings I received while walking across campus made a significant impact. I could tell this was my kind of place.

HOW DID YOUR WARTBURG EXPERIENCE PREPARE YOU FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE: At Wartburg I learned of the power of compassion.  This has been the foundation of my relationships, my parenting, and my teaching.  

HOW DO YOU STAY CONNECTED TO WARTBURG: My daughter is a freshman on campus! My wife, Beth ’90, and I couldn’t be more proud! Living in Waverly makes staying connected a little bit easier. From 1999-2013 I had the wonderful opportunity to serve as a part-time assistant football coach for the Knights. I was an assistant to the offensive line coach until I became the tight end coach in 2003. In addition, I am also proud to have tutored a number of Wartburg athletes through their biology and anatomy courses. I would be remiss not to thank Coach Rick Willis for the chance to be a part of Wartburg football. Not only was I blessed to be a part of several Iowa Conference Championship teams, I was regularly surrounded by championship people. I also serve on the Alumni Board. 
WHAT DID YOU NEVER IMAGINE YOU WOULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG:  I never imagined that I would develop into a lead teacher, with 25 years’ experience, who has traveled the state of Iowa helping other teachers infuse transformative technology into their classrooms.

WHY WARTBURG: I was introduced to Wartburg College by my high school football coach, Robert Bye, who is a Wartburg grad. It felt like a great honor to have him recommend his alma mater to me. I visited campus just one time. On our tour, the number of friendly greetings I received while walking across campus made a significant impact. I could tell this was my kind of place.

WHY WAS WARTBURG WORTH IT:  For me, my time at Wartburg College was as much about growing up as it was about preparing for a career.  I will always be thankful to the people of  Wartburg who guided and nurtured my personal growth.  I would give a special thank you to Coach Don Canfield and his family.

HOW ARE YOU LIVING OUT THE WARTBURG MISSION: As a teacher, I am especially challenged to pay forward the Wartburg mission. Now, my life of leadership and service drives me to challenge and nurture the next generation of Waverly-Shell Rock students.  It has been so rewarding to see my former students become contributors and leaders in our community.