André McWell has been promoted to director of persistence and diversity at Morningside College. 

Sioux City, IA – André McWell has been promoted to director of persistence and diversity at Morningside College. In this role, McWell will oversee programs and services that promote equity and inclusion, as well as oversee the development of initiatives designed to improve student academic success.André McWell André McWell

McWell has been at Morningside since 2000. He began as a track coach, was named director of student success in 2001, and became the director of the Educational Enhancement Program in 2018. Prior to Morningside, McWell worked for Gateway in accounting and coached track, football, and basketball for Sioux City West High School. He was also one of the founders of Westside Connection, a group designed to build community pride among Sioux City West students while also allowing them to explore and connect with different academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests.

McWell, who began his new role in fall 2020, is excited to advance critical conversations around student success at Morningside, as well as to foster growth and new ideas within the campus community. A vital part of his role will be to engage students in discussions to generate action steps the campus community can take to continuously improve the Morningside student experience.

The role McWell has assumed is also part of a commitment Morningside College President John Reynders made to the Morningside community in summer 2020 to continue campus conversations around equity and inclusion. This commitment has also led to Morningside establishing committees within the Morningside College Board of Directors and Faculty Senate to address topics around diversity, equity, and inclusion.