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Dr. Lonelle Rathje '97, '03

Dr. Lonelle Rathje '97, '03



Michael L. Faust Center for Alumni and Friends


660.853.8638 (cell)
660.562.1990 (fax)

Vice President of External Relations

Executive Director, Northwest Foundation, Inc.


  • Ed.D. Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2012
  • M.A. English, Northwest Missouri State University, 2003
  • B.S. Journalism, Northwest Missouri State University, 1997


Dr. Lonelle Rathje leads the Division of External Relations. This includes the offices of Student Recruiting, University Marketing and Communication, and University Advancement.

As Vice President of External Relations, Rathje is a member of the Northwest Leadership Team that guides the overall strategic direction of Northwest. Aligned with the University’s strategic plan, the vision of External Relations is to strengthen a University-wide platform – integrating refined institutional branding with student recruitment, financial aid, alumni relations, and fundraising – to engage stakeholders in mutually beneficial partnerships.

Rathje is also the Executive Director of the Northwest Foundation, Inc. Established in 1971, the Foundation is an independent, 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation that develops and stewards philanthropic resources for the benefit of Northwest students, faculty, staff and programs.

Along with pursuing researching interests, Rathje also teaches courses in communication, mass media, composition, and literature.