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Carolyn Ellwanger

Carolyn Ellwanger

Director of Philanthropy

Department: University Relations Office
Phone: 712-279-5484
Office Location: Noonan Hall, IA-6


  • B.A., Business Administration, Bellevue University
Carolyn Ellwanger


Carolyn became BCU’s director of philanthropy in 2015. She focuses on relationship building with alumni and community benefactors to advance the mission of Briar Cliff University. Carolyn is an accomplished fundraising executive with a history of achievement in both the nonprofit and higher education sectors; most recently as the executive director of the Western Iowa Tech Foundation. Prior to that, she served as the Executive Director of the American Red Cross Siouxland Area Chapter.

A lifelong resident of Sioux City, Carolyn enjoys riding her Harley motorcycle — and every year her husband, Michael, take a motorcycle trip with friends to somewhere in the U.S. She also loves music, concerts, and her two sons and three granddaughters.