A Special Thanks To

Mark A. Nook - President, UNI

Mark NookMark A. Nook began serving as the 11th president of the University of Northern Iowa on February 1, 2017. Prior to this appointment, he served as chancellor of Montana State University Billings (MSUB). 

Originally from Holstein, Iowa, Nook has committed his Midwest education and values to higher education for many years and on many levels. He is dedicated to ensuring every member of the university community reaches their individual educational, professional and personal life goals.

Prior to serving as the chancellor at MSUB from 2014-2016, Nook was the senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin System from 2011-2014. He also served as provost (2007-09 and 2010-11) and interim chancellor (2009-10) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and in a variety of roles at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

He graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics, a master's degree in astrophysics from Iowa State University in 1983 and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. 

President Nook and his wife, Cheryl, reside in the UNI President's House. They have three adult children, two granddaughters and two grandsons. The Conference on African American Children and Families welcomes President Nook with much gratitude!

Gwenne Berry - UNI's Chief Diversity Officer

Gwenne BerryGwen Berry received the torch as the first University of Northern Iowa Chief Diversity Officer. She comes to this position from the Office of Compliance and Equity Management, UNI and is in her second year. She serves as a member of the Conference/Read-in Task Force, 2018!






Dr. Colleen S Mulholland - Interim Dean, Associate Professor, College of Education

Dr. Colleen S Mulholland

Dr. Colleen S. Mulholland received her doctorate degree from the University of Central  Florida Curriculum and Instruction.

She received a Master’s Degree from University of Central Florida in Instructional Systems Design and a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Kentucky, Middle School Education.

The Conference on African American Children and Families send special thanks to Dr., Interim Dean, College of Education Dr. Colleen S. Mulholland!


Dr. James Wohlpart - Provost and Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs, UNI

James WohlpartDr. Jim Wohlpart shares, “I am eager to work with faculty and staff to continue that momentum and to elevate the great work we do with preparing students for academic and professional success and for meaningful engagement with their communities."

Wohlpart came to UNI in 2015 from Florida Golf Coast University where he was the dean of Undergraduate Studies and a professor of English. He earned his Ph.D. in English and B.A. in English and philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He earned an M.A. in English from Colorado State University.

During his 21 years at Florida Gulf Coast University, Wohlpart held the positions of chair of the Division of Humanities and Arts and associate dean for planning and assessment in the College of Arts and Sciences. He participated in the development of the Liberal Studies degree and the Interdisciplinary Core, and he was instrumental in developing the First Year and Transition Experience.

At UNI, Wohlpart has focused on three broad areas: organizational structure, strategic planning and community development//engagement. He has enhanced diversity initiatives/experiences for students, faculty and community members. We welcome Dr. Wohlpart as an avid supporter of the Conference on African American Children and Families! He continues to strive at making UNI a more inclusive environment for all!