CHARLESTON -- After more than three years, the vice president for university advancement position at Eastern Illinois University has been filled. 

According to the news release from EIU, Kenneth Wetstein has been selected for the position. Bob Martin once held the position, but in 2016 accepted the position of vice president for advancement at Central Michigan University and has since retired.

Wetstein, an EIU alumnus with two degrees from his alma mater, will oversee EIU’s advancement initiatives when he assumes his new role July 15, according to the release.

As vice president for university advancement, the release states Wetstein’s newest role at EIU will include leading a team in the areas of planned giving, major gifts, corporate sponsorships and donor and alumni relations. He also will be responsible for collaborating with Eastern’s Board of Trustees on relationship-building and related philanthropic initiatives.

The release states Wetstein has played strategic and vital roles at several educational and non-profit organizations for 20 years, where his focus has revolved around advancement-related philanthropic development and student affairs program management.

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In previous roles, he has served as vice president of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, as vice president for Institutional Advancement and as vice president for student engagement at Defiance College in Ohio and as the director of Student and Professional Affairs at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

At EIU, he served as a hall director during his graduate school years in the early 90s, the news release stated.

“I cannot wait to join my colleagues in Advancement, Alumni Affairs, and the EIU Foundation as we seek ever-increasing levels of philanthropic support for EIU and its students," Wetstein said in the news release. 

“Our future success depends on our ability to strengthen and deepen the relationship between EIU and ourkey constituents, including our donors, friends and advocates.” 

Contact Jarad Jarmon at (217) 238-6839. Follow him on Twitter: @JJarmonReporter



Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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