Marlene Warnke has been a dedicated Dakota Wesleyan University employee since 1990, and since 2005 she has been an invaluable member of the Tiger athletic department as the athletic business manager.
Warnke has numerous duties that are essential to the business operations of the athletic department. She handles the balancing of all team and department operational budgets, is a member of the department’s leadership team and assists with nearly everything else with Tiger athletics – from letters of intent to travel schedules to fundraising and everything in between. Warnke’s work ethic and knowledge off all things in Tiger athletics are vital to the overall success of the department.
In 2008-09, Warnke was honored for her efforts with the DWU Professional Excellence Award for the second quarter. She also received DWU Professional Excellence Awards in 2002 and 1995, and in 1996-97 she received the DWU Presidential Award for Outstanding Service. She was also inducted in the Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Gamma Mu organizations in 1995.
Warnke began at DWU in 1990 as the faculty secretary and assistant science fair director. In 1999, she was promoted to the administrative assistant to the vice president for campus life position, and she took over her current post as the athletic business manager in 2005.
Warnke received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in business from Dakota Wesleyan in 2012. She received an Associates of Art degree from DWU in 1995 and also holds a degree from Mitchell Technical Institute.
Warnke is involved in numerous committees and organizations, both at DWU and in the community. She serves on the Housing Affairs Committee, the Athletic Advisory Committee, the Staff Relations Committee, the Furniture and Selection Committee, and she has been a member of numerous search committees at Dakota Wesleyan. Previously, Warnke was a member and a board member of the South Dakota College Personnel Association, and she was a member of the DWU Employee Recognition Committee.
Warnke was a member of the Heart & Sole Cancer Walk/Run Committee for many years, and in 2008 she was an honorary cochairman of the event.
Warnke lives in nearby Alexandria, S.D.