Vice President for Advancement
Jay Wielenga became Northwestern’s vice president for advancement in July 2009 following the retirement of John Greller. A member of Northwestern's staff since 1995, Wielenga directed the alumni office for six years before becoming director of advancement. He has had extensive experience working with donors to secure major gifts, managing the Imagine Campaign, supervising staff, and serving as the liaison to NWC’s Red Raider Club, an athletic booster organization.
Wielenga helped raise funds for the renovation of Zwemer Hall, the construction of the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center, and the upgrades at De Valois Stadium, including new seating, a new pressbox, and resurfacing of Korver Field with FieldTurf. A Northwestern graduate, he is also a graduate of the National Planned Giving Institute. Prior to joining Northwestern’s advancement staff, he worked for the University of Sioux Falls as an admissions counselor and then director of financial aid before spending 10 years as a medical representative for Syntex Laboratories.
Wielenga is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Christian Stewardship Association.