New VP Wiltgen emphasizes relationships, consistency
Tyler Wiltgen joined Rocky Mountain College's advancement office in February, bringing with him a wide range of fundraising and alumni relations expertise. A graduate from Montana State University for both his bachelor's in agricultural education and an M.S. in applied economics, Wiltgen returned to MSU as director of development in 2009. In five years, he elevated to the position of vice president of estate, trust, and gift planning, a position he held until 2017.
In his role as RMC's vice president for advancement, Wiltgen will pioneer strategies for the College's various capital campaigns, annual fundraising goals, planned giving, and alumni relations. "This position represents a career goal for me," Wiltgen said. "Advancement is a critical function in higher education, because donor gifts, alumni advocacy, and community partnerships allow institutions to grow strategically. I’m honored to be leading the efforts to enhance these areas, with a team that cares deeply about its work."
Early in his career at Rocky, Vice President Wiltgen is placing an emphasis on strengthening the relationship between the College and its alumni, saying that "alumni support and advocacy is critical to our mission." He added: "RMC has a long history of changing students’ lives. As I’ve gotten to know our alumni and current students, there is an overwhelming passion for Rocky and everything it represents."
Rocky Mountain College has recently completed Phase I of its ImpACT Today, Transform Tomorrow capital campaign, opening the doors to the Dr. Charles Morledge Science Building this spring. The momentum from that campaign will continue as Wiltgen and the advancement team focus on fundraising to complete the third floor of the science building, where the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program will be housed, as well as the purchasing of two new Piper Archer III aircraft for RMC's Aeronautical Science program.
"Donor support is visible everywhere on this campus," Wiltgen said. "From the opening of the Science Building, to the thousands of dollars of student scholarships awarded every year, philanthropy is essential at RMC. My goal is to grow our annual, capital, endowment, and estate giving programs both in their volume and consistency, so that Rocky can advance confidently to meet ever-changing student needs and future plans."
President Bob Wilmouth is enthusiastic about welcoming Wiltgen to the College. "Tyler is a proven leader in higher education," Wilmouth said. "We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber in this position, and we can continue to look forward to years of growth and prosperity under his guidance."