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WIU-QC Director of Development Interviews Set

August 8, 2019


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MOLINE, IL - - Four candidates have been selected to interview for the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Director of Development position Aug. 14-23.

Candidates include Becky Paulsen, director of development for business engagement and outreach at WIU; Brian Heffernan, vice president for military community programs, customer and community programs for the U.S. Department of Defense at the Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island; Sarah Wright, director of development and communications for The Arc of the Quad Cities Area, Rock Island, IL; and David Hobin, principal at Alleman Catholic High School, Rock Island.

Open sessions with each candidate will be held at the QC Riverfront campus, room 1418: Paulsen, 2-3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14; Heffernan, 2-3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19; Wright, 3-4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 20; and Hobin, 2-3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Paulsen has served as director of development for business and engagement and outreach at WIU since 2016. She also currently serves as co-chair of the WIU President's Executive Institute. Previously, she was the director of development for the WIU College of Business and Technology (2006-18), president of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Corporation (2004-06), executive director of Macomb Downtown Development Corporation (2000-04), manager for Diamond Den Jewelry Store (1997-00), office assistant for Cathy Early State Farm Insurance (1995-97), business owner of Grandma's Feather Bed (1989-97) and manager at Paul Harris (1984-89), all in Macomb.

Paulsen earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL.

Heffernan has served as vice president for military community programs, customer and community programs for the U.S. Department of Defense at the Rock Island Arsenal since 2016. He has previously served as regional director of operations for leader development and talent acquisition in Baton Rouge, LA, (2014-16), district manager and talent acquisition in Lewisville, TX, and Fullerton, CA, (2008-14), territory manager/talent acquisition in Irving and Denton, TX, (2005-08) and in the Army talent acquisition division of the U.S. Army (1998-04).

Heffernan has a master's degree in leadership studies from the University of Texas at El Paso and a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies, business/religion from Liberty College in Lynchburg, VA.

Wright has served as the director of development and communications for The Arc of the Quad Cities Area since 2014, and she is also a community liaison for Big Island Soil and Water Preservation Association in Big Island, IL, (since 2012). Previously, she was a substitute teacher for the Rock Island and Moline school districts (2013-15), program coordinator for Iowa State Extension in Rock Island, IL (2012-13), owner and principal consultant of Sarah E. Wright Consulting (2002-12), training coordinator for Community Child Care Resource and Referral in Davenport, IA (1999-00) and a Peace Corps representative (1996-98).

Wright earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Oregon.

Hobin has served as principal at the Alleman Catholic High School since 2015. Previously, he was the assistant principal (2014-15), principal at Lourdes Catholic School (2012-14), principal at Visitation Catholic School (2009-12), special education teacher for Phoenix Alternative Day Treatment Program (2008-09) and special education teacher for Peoria Public Schools (2002-08).

Hobin has a bachelor's degree in special education from Illinois State University and a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Full itineraries and résumés can be found at wiu.edu/employment.

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