89,582,393 reasons to celebrate
Transforming Tomorrow, a five-year comprehensive campaign for Wartburg College, surpassed its goal of $75 million with a total of $89,582,393 raised. These commitments have helped to achieve the goals identified in Wartburg’s strategic plan. The greatest priority was to secure $40 million in current gifts and pledges, providing immediate resources for:

  • Investing in People to ensure student access.
  • Investing in Places to enhance student living and learning.
  • Investing in Programs to enable student success.

The campaign also emphasized increased Annual Fund gifts to sustain operations of the college, as well as deferred (estate) gifts to provide for its future through a growing endowment. Current gifts made up 57 percent of donations received during the campaign, while 43 percent were deferred.

TOTAL RAISED: $89,582,393

Michael J. and Marge D. McCoy
Ellison Bay, Wis.

Honorary Co-Chairs
Fred W. ’67 and Susan C. Childs ’69 Hagemann
Waverly, Iowa

Dr. Martin P. Buchheim ‘81
Chicago, Ill.

Edwin G. Engelbrecht ‘82
Maple Grove, Minn.

Raymond F. ’65 and Judith K. Slade ’65 McCaskey
Chicago, Ill.

Dr. Fred D. Ribich
Waverly, Iowa

Jack C. ’82 and Sarah J. Slife ’82 Salzwedel
Middleton, Wis.

David R. VanAhn ‘64
Panora, Iowa

Shirley S. Walker
Waverly, Iowa

Dr. William E. Wessels ‘81
Wausau, Wis.

Andrea M. Westmeyer ‘89
Clive, Iowa

Kirk J. Vogel ’83
Charlotte, North Carolina

Kirk A. Artist ’06
Cedar Falls, Iowa

John M. Augustine ’81
Brookfield, Wisconsin

John F. Bachman
Johnston, Iowa

Jeffrey M. Beck ’01
Waverly, Iowa

Holly E. Bevan ’91
Ankeny, Iowa

Michael L. and Darcy A. Byl
Waverly, Iowa

Dr. William A. Davis ’64
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Albert C. Duroe ’67
Jesup, Iowa

Lisa E. Ellis ’92
Parkersburg, Iowa

Kimberly K. Folkers
Waverly, Iowa

David W. Fredrick ’65
Waverly, Iowa

Dr. H. Bruce ’58 and Rose Marie Friedrich
North Liberty, Iowa

Jesse W. Gavin ’06
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Dr. William E. Hamm ’66
Waverly, Iowa

Dr. Ann Henninger
Waverly, Iowa

Dr. Charles D. Infelt
Waverly, Iowa

Brent T. ’84 and Dawn M. ’83 Jaeger
Grinnell, Iowa

Lindley H. and Joanne S. ’69 Jones
Waverly, Iowa

Dr. Curtis D. ’64 and Cherry J. ’67 Klaassen
Leawood, Kansas

Kirk D. ’81 and Karen J. ’82 Kleckner
New Brighton, Minnesota

Radm. Alvin B. ’55 and Carol A. ’66 Koeneman
Waverly, Iowa

Reid A. Koenig ’75
Waverly, Iowa

Kathryn L. Koob ’60
Waterloo, Iowa

John A. ’63 and LaVonne M. ’64 Leonard
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dr. Stephen P. Main
Waverly, Iowa

Dr. Ronald Matthias ’54
Waverly, Iowa

June M. Mehlhaus ’61
Dysart, Iowa

Penny J. Meier ’83
Plymouth, Minnesota

James M. Miller
Cedar Falls, Iowa

David E. ’76 and Julie A. ’76 Neve
Des Moines, Iowa

Steven C. ’71 and Jane M. ’72 Noah
Clive, Iowa

Larry G. ’65 and Emma B. ’65 Olk
Sheffield, Iowa

James M. Olson
Iowa City, Iowa

Gary R. Porter ’76
Lakeville, Minnesota

Dr. David J. and Peggy Rathe
Waverly, Iowa

Mark S. ’88 Rolinger
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Edwin L. ’61 and E. Lorraine ’61 Scharlau
Austin, Texas

Jack V. ’53 and Marietta M. Schemmel
Aurora, Colorado

Gregory R. ’83 and Lisa L. ’85 Schmitz
New Hartford, Iowa

Jill C. Seeba ’07
West Des Moines, Iowa

Benjamin L. Shanno ’04
The Colony, Texas

Caryl R. Shepherd ’91
Suwanee, Georgia

Kimberly M. Simpson ’88
Arden, North Carolina

Gordon T. Sween ’89
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sara L. Tomson-Hooper ’89
Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Susan K. Vallem
Waverly, Iowa

Rev. Dr. Robert L. ’56 and Sally M. ’57 Vogel
Denver, Colorado

Gary J. Walljasper ’85
Johnston, Iowa

William J. Walljasper ’86
Ankeny, Iowa

Dr. William L. ’56 and Carol A. Waltmann
Waverly, Iowa


Scholarships Enable Students to Find the Right Fit

Create an additional $800,000 in scholarship funding each year (annual and endowed) to meet 90 percent of students’ financial need. The previous level of 74 percent put a Wartburg education out of reach for too many.

Endow four additional Regents Scholarships and eight additional Presidential Scholarships to help Wartburg recruit the best and brightest students, which also helps attract and retain outstanding faculty.

Establish sustainable scholarship resources to support a diverse student body and shape enrollment.

Parker Hammel

“It wasn’t one specific thing. Everything kind of clicked, and everything felt like home. I knew this was the place I wanted to be. I wouldn’t have been able to afford to come here paying on my own, there’s no way. The scholarships made it possible.”

Parker Hammel ’18

Worth It Initiative Spreads Wartburg’s Message

Respond to demographic shifts by enrolling more students from beyond Northeast Iowa.

Become Iowa’s private college of choice.

Increase employer preference for graduates with a liberal arts education.

Chris Knudson

“The ‘Worth It’ marketing initiative has greatly increased our presence in areas like Minneapolis/St. Paul; southern Minnesota; and Denver, Colo., to build awareness of Wartburg and its educational opportunities. The results we’ve already seen are promising, with applications increasing by 300 percent in some areas.”

Chris Knudson ’01
Director of Marketing and Communication

TOTAL RAISED: $33,944,669


Improved facilities offer new living-learning experiences

Living and Learning Community – Renovation of Clinton Hall ($8 million)

Instructional Resources and Technology ($3 million)

Outdoor Athletic Facilities ($3 million)

Stephanie TeKippe

“With the high-tech collaborative classrooms, it’s changed from me providing the information to me being a facilitator. They’re really in charge of their own learning. They’re going out and gathering materials, they’re sharing materials, they’re teaching and learning and growing from each other. “

Stephanie TeKippe
Assistant Professor of Education

TOTAL RAISED: $14,350,243


Clinton Hall, built in 1958 and enlarged in 1965, was in need of improvement. Now remodeled and expanded into the McCoy Living and Learning Center, it has better space for classes, studying, and social interaction, thereby improving community engagement.




Academic support improves student outcomes

Create endowed chairs or professorships in social work, Lutheran heritage, German, and other focused areas.

Support new interdisciplinary programs in cultural studies, peace and justice, and social entrepreneurship.

Expand the scope of the recently created Scholars Program to help recruit and retain the best and brightest students.

Scott Muntefering

“Not to toot our own horn, but around the state, we are becoming known as the place to go in terms of music education. It’s becoming evident that we are moving to the front of the pack.”

Scott Muntefering
Associate Professor of Music Education / Eugene and Ruth Weidler Drape Distinguished Professor in Music

Students get real-world experiences with unique co-curricular programs

Build an endowment to support annual service-learning and community engagement activities.

Support the Pathways Center, which provides an array of student-focused resources, including academic advising; career services; a reading/writing/speaking lab; and vocation, mentoring counseling, and testing services.

Expand internship opportunities, including Wartburg West.

Danielle Harms

“At Wartburg West, students are out in the community, learning by doing. We know that we’re really good at using Denver—or any urban environment—as a classroom or a lab.”

Danielle Harms
Director of Outreach & Project Development

TOTAL RAISED: $14,482,046


Alumni give of their time, talent, and treasure

Maintain infrastructure – utilities, equipment, grounds, and maintenance.

Support campus ministry, student organizations, and activities.

Sustain student service, including health and wellness, campus dining, and residential life.

Athena Hansen

“Getting to interact with so many people who care about Wartburg has allowed me to realize what a wonderful community this college has created for so many­—and is still creating to this day. The Transforming Tomorrow campaign has allowed us to grow this community, and we would not be able to keep moving forward if it were not for the wonderful parents, alumni, and friends of Wartburg.”

Athena Hansen ’19

TOTAL RAISED: $6,496,059