• Wollesen has served in many leadership roles since she joined the DMACC Carroll Campus staff in 2011.

  • "Jen has all of the tools to be successful in this new role, and we're very excited to have her on board in this capacity," said DMACC Vice President of Operations Bill LaTour.

  • Wollesen earned a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees prior to entering the educational field.

Jennifer Wollesen has been named the Executive Campus Dean for the DMACC Carroll Campus and DMACC Templeton Regional Center

Wollesen, of rural Lake View, started at the DMACC Carroll Campus in 2011 and has served in many leadership roles there, including as a Counselor, Advisor, Housing Director, Career Advantage Program Coordinator and Instructor. 

She began her new role on April 1.

“My desire to serve as the Executive Campus Dean stems from my passion for providing and expanding relevant opportunities to rural Iowa communities," Wollesen said. “I have seen and experienced the tremendous impact of these efforts and aspire to continue moving the DMACC Carroll Campus forward."

Most recently, Wollesen served as the Career Advantage Site Director, overseeing the launch of the new Templeton Regional Center that offers credit programming to regional school districts.

Wollesen said she will continue DMACC's commitment of fostering a student-centered environment of inclusivity, innovation and academic excellence.

“My goal is to collaboratively drive DMACC's initiatives; empower students, faculty, and staff; and strengthen community relationships," she said.

Wollesen will report directly to DMACC Vice President of Operations Bill LaTour.

"Jen has proven herself to be a very hard worker and someone others can rely on and look up to," LaTour said. “Jen has all of the tools to be successful in this new role, and we're very excited to have her on board in this capacity. DMACC staff and faculty, as well as members of the community, offered unsolicited references to Jen's abilities and why she should be the leader at the DMACC Carroll Campus."

Prior to joining DMACC, Wollesen served as a counselor, math instructor and coach at various Iowa high schools, including East Sac County High School in Lake View, Rockwell City/Lytton High School in Rockwell City and at the Sac County Flexible Education Center in Sac City.  

She earned a bachelor's degree in Secondary Math Education from Wayne State College in 1995; a master's degree in Technology-Based Learning at Morningside College in 2003; and a master's degree in Professional School Counseling at Buena Vista University in 2007.

Wollesen and her husband, Eric, have four adult grown daughters—three biological and one Italian “daughter" who was a foreign exchange student with the family six years ago and has been a member of their family since. They are also grandparents to three grandchildren, all under the age of 18 months.

Recent awards received by Wollesen include the 2023 Community Colleges for Iowa Outstanding Staff Award, the 2021 Iowa School Counselor Association Advocate of the Year and the 2018 DMACC Distinguished Faculty Award.

Wollesen replaces Joel Lundstrom, who now serves as DMACC's Executive Dean of Distance Learning.​

Contacts: Bill LaTour, (515) 964-6678, and Jennifer Wollesen, (712) 792-8501