New Vice President Named
Wagner to Lead Combined Departments
Jodi Wagner, a current Walla Walla University administrator, has been named the new vice president for university relations and advancement. Wagner will now lead the combined areas of marketing, enrollment services, university relations, advancement, and alumni relations.
The department restructure will include the appointment of two new associate vice presidents.
Wagner, formerly vice president for marketing and enrollment, will transfer some of her work in this position to Trevor Congleton, the new associate vice president for marketing and enrollment services. Congleton will oversee the daily operations of these programs. Congleton has served previously in the department as the director of recruiting and the director for guest relations.
A new associate vice president for alumni/parent relations and university advancement will also be named to focus on the university’s philanthropic programs. A search for candidates is underway.
Plans are also underway for the university advancement team to move from Havstad Alumni Center to the fourth floor of the Administration Building as soon as appropriate office space can be prepared.
“In this location, the combined team's five divisions will be in close proximity,” says Wagner, “and we expect new energy and efficiencies from shared communications strategies and resources. Recruiting and parent relations might work together to ensure continuity of messaging to parents, for example, and university relations/marketing can support alumni communication efforts.”
Before coming to WWU, Wagner was the director of client planning and strategy services for 10 years at Coffey Communications, a health care publication company in Walla Walla.
Wagner majored in mass communications and completed concentrated studies in business and English, graduating in 1992. Wagner and her husband, Jeff, also a WWU graduate, have three children.