About Dr. Titus


Dr. Titus was named 29th president of Iowa Wesleyan College in May 2013 and assumed office on July 1.

Dr. Titus is a veteran higher education leader previously holding executive roles at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Gustavus Adolphus College, Pacific Lutheran University and Midland Lutheran College, where he served as president and distinguished professor of leadership and change.  He is passionate about leadership, spiritual wholeness, and the human side of enterprise.  He is committed and called to the ongoing formation, enrichment, success and sustainability of emerging and experienced leaders.

Dr. Titus is past associate with the Center for Leadership Formation at Seattle University, and he is co-creator and co-director of the Thrivent Fellows Program, an international executive development program designed to identify and equip candidates of promise for executive roles in Lutheran higher education and agencies.  He earlier served as a tenured professor of leadership studies and organizational behavior at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) in Marshall, MN, where he founded and directed the leadership studies program and the Leadership Development Institute.

An attorney and commissioned officer, Dr. Titus served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1990-1995.  He held several positions while on active duty, including legal advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, labor and employment law attorney on the Department of the Army Staff at the Pentagon, and as a trial defense counsel with the 3d Infantry Division in Wuerzburg, Germany during Operation Desert Storm.  Following active duty, Dr. Titus was appointed Minnesota’s Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) from 1999-2002, and was awarded the United States Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal in 2002.

Dr. Titus holds the B.S. degree in business administration from Southwest Minnesota State University, the J.D. degree from Marquette University Law School, and the Ph.D. degree in higher education and strategic leadership from the University of Virginia, where he was a Governor's Fellow. He holds a diploma from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School and certificates from the Advanced Leadership Education Program at the Kennedy School of Government and the Institute for Educational Management at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. He is a professionally certified executive coach through The Coaches Training Institute, certified with The Leadership Circle, and is an inaugural member of the International Leadership Association.

Steve and his wife, Sara, are the parents of two daughters, Emma and Lily.