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Dr. Carson Castleman

University President




Professional Experience

  • Indiana Wesleyan University, June 2004 – September 2023
    Vice President, Student Experience & External Relations
    Vice President, Regional Education & External Relations
    Vice President, Regional Education & Innovation
    Associate Vice President
    Regional Dean
    Director for Faculty Recruitment
    Regional Coordinator of Student Services, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Chief Enrollment Officer, Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • Director of Annual Giving, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Assistant Director of Admissions, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • HR Administrator, PetSmart

Professional Affiliations

  • Peer Reviewer, Higher Learning Commission
  • Dissertation Committee Member, Capella University
  • Dissertation Committee Member, Liberty University
  • Dissertation Committee Member, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Dissertation/Project Chair, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Secretary & Founding Board Member, GROW Network
  • Member, Personnel Subcommittee, CAPS Growth Task Force
  • Board Member, Multicultural Enrichment Committee
  • Board Member, General Board for the Church of the Nazarene
  • Board Member, Eastern Kentucky District Advisory Board
  • Board Member, Generations Church
  • Member & Secretary, Women of Refugee National Board
  • Member, Northern Kentucky Emergency Shelter Board
  • Chair, Crisis Behavioral Intervention Team

Awards and Recognitions

  • Presidential Leadership Award, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2023
  • President’s Award for Meritorious Service, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2011, 2016


  • Developed and wrote the articles of incorporation for Non-Profit Organization  
  • Developed course curriculum for LEA 374 “Working with Teams”  
  • Developed course curriculum for Leadership in Human Services 
  • Developed course curriculum for Organizational Leadership 
  • Developed “The Power of Wow, Customer Service Training”  
  • Authored Dissertation, “A comparative analysis of faith integration onsite verses online” 
  • Developed course curriculum for “ALICE” Training for IWU 
  • Authored Online Faculty Orientation for IWU
  • Authored Onsite Faculty Orientation for IWU

Community Building & Fundraising

  • Co-Chair, Top Prospects for “Bring Us Home” Campaign, Northern Kentucky Homeless Shelter — $4.6 Million Campaign
  • Chair, Homeless to Hopeful Gala — $300,000+ Campaign
  • Steering Committee Member, GROW Network — $100,000+ Campaign
  • Military Grant, Awarded $544,000 for IWU National & Global


  • CAHEA Conference, Atlanta, GA. Presented a plenary session on Caring for the Adult Learner. (Presenter)
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. Golden Nuggets of Leadership in the 21st Century.  (Guest Lecturer)
  • National Association of Branch Campus Administrators Conference, Orlando, FL. Presented a plenary session on Student Care for the Adult Learner.  (Presenter)
  • HLC (Higher Learning Commission) Conference, Chicago, IL. Presented a plenary session on Attracting, Refining, Evaluating, and Igniting Faculty.  (Presenter)
  • CAHEA Conference, Overland Park, KS. Presented a plenary session on  
  • Recruiting, Retaining, and Developing Adjunct Faculty.  (Presenter)
  • Midwest Scholar’s Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.  Presented a session on Hiring Faculty.  Facilitated interactive session in which attendees were grouped into work groups and they participated in team building exercises. (Presenter)
  • Michigan Winter Retreat, Chapman Church of the Nazarene, facilitated on communication, goal setting, spiritual growth, purity, and compatibility. (Guest Facilitator)
  • Indiana Wesleyan University, College of Adult and Professional Studies.  Initially introduce faculty candidates to the university and train new faculty recruiters. (Director of Faculty Recruitment)
  • East Ohio District Church of the Nazarene. Facilitated a session titled, “A Case for a Christian College.” (Facilitator)


  • Northern Kentucky University, B.A. in Communication/English, 1996
  • Liberty University, M.A. in Religion and Counseling, 2002
  • Capella University, Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration, 2013
  • Indiana Wesleyan University, M.S. in Human Resource Management, 2020
  • Indiana Wesleyan University, Master of Business Administration, 2023

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