Iowa Wesleyan University Chapel

University Advancement Strengthens Its Efforts

University advancement is a vital part of a university’s overall financial health. The commitment of donors pledging to elements of university life they are passionate about drives opportunity each year for our students, providing a spirit of learning and service that enhance their steps toward a meaningful life and career.

As such, leadership is vital to that endeavor. Iowa Wesleyan University is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Heaton as IW’s vice president for university advancement. Michael comes to IW from Dallas, Texas where he served as the regional managing director for UNICEF USA before returning to his Mount Pleasant roots and joining Iowa Wesleyan.

Michael is an executive leader in the educational, social service and international development sectors. He has a long and successful history of working with influential leaders to ensure children and young adults have opportunities to learn and grow. He is an established expert in fundraising, board management, alumni engagement, program management and advocacy.

“I’m honored to come back home to Mount Pleasant and join the Iowa Wesleyan community, and be a part of such a dynamic leadership team,” Heaton said.

Heaton earned his bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the University of Iowa and completed his master’s degree in non-profit management from Regis University. Michael’s wife Abigail and his two children Robbie and Elly join him in Mount Pleasant.

Joining Michael in advancement is Adam McLaughlin as development director. Adam previously served as director of marketing and business development at L.J. Roth Restoration Service. A graduate of the University of Iowa with a bachelor of arts in communication studies, Adam said this of joining the Iowa Wesleyan team. “I have always had a soft spot in my heart for this University. IW was a major part of my experience growing up in the Mount Pleasant community. I experienced my first theatrical and musical performances at IW and grew up participating in these type of events in University Chapel. My experiences on campus interacting with professors and members of the local community really help shape the person I am today. I am happy that I am now able to give something back to IW and use my skill set and development experience to serve the University.”

Adam is married to Elizabeth and they have twins, Bobby and Ellie.