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IPFW appoints new vice chancellor

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Wendy Kobler was named vice chancellor for advancement at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, the school announced.

She will be responsible for development, marketing and alumni relations at the university. She worked for four years as vice president of marketing, communication and advancement at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Ala., where she also was a member of the president’s executive cabinet and advised the school’s board of trustees.

“Wendy is an experienced professional whose leadership in building relationships with key constituencies will help our team move IPFW forward as we move to an integrated advancement model,” IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein said in the announcement. “Wendy will advance our mission by enhancing our relationships in proactive ways that build a consistent vision of our university brand and leading a plan to significantly increase private, corporate and foundation giving to IPFW.”

Kobler’s background includes working as the marketing and public-relations manager for Fiscal Systems and serving as the lead conference organizer for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Conference. She also owned her own business, Kobler Communications.

She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of West Florida and a master’s degree in secondary education from Alabama A&M University.

“I look forward to serving IPFW in a role that presents the opportunity to forge meaningful partnerships with the alumni, donors and friends of the university who play key roles in the development of campus,” Kobler said in the announcement. “IPFW is clearly an institution on the move, and together, we will nurture a culture of philanthropy and engagement that allows the university to better serve its students, faculty, staff, and the community. I look forward to being a part of and building upon its tradition of excellence.”

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