Vice President for Advancement
Jay Wielenga became Northwestern’s vice president for advancement in July 2009. A member of Northwestern's staff since 1995, he 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 a campaign, supervising staff, and serving as the liaison to the college's Red Raider Club, an athletic booster organization.
Wielenga helped raise funds for the construction of the DeWitt Learning Commons and the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center, the renovation of the Ramaker Center and Zwemer Hall, 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 certified medical representative for Syntex Laboratories.
Wielenga is a member of the Council for Advancement and serves on the MOC-FV Foundation board.