The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us


President UI Foundation News
500 Alumni Center
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-3305

Release: Immediate

Dierks, Shullaw promoted, two new staff hired at UI Foundation

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Foundation has announced the promotion of two long-time staff members and the hiring of two new development officers, which foundation officials say reflects increased fund-raising activity on behalf of the University of Iowa.

David R. Dierks, the foundation's director of planned and major giving, has been named to the new position of associate vice president for planned and major giving. Dierks, of Iowa City, is a 1970 UI journalism graduate and has been with the foundation for 24 years. Dierks and his staff work with UI alumni and friends who support the university through bequests, trusts, and other forms of deferred giving.

During calendar year 1996, deferred gifts accounted for approximately $21 million of the foundation's total 1996 productivity of $71 million.

Also named to a new associate vice president position is Susan M. Shullaw, the foundation's director of annual giving programs and publications. As associate vice president for communications and campaign support, Shullaw will continue to oversee the foundation's annual giving program and award-winning communications staff, while providing essential support to the foundation's development officers in planning and implementing major capital campaigns. Shullaw, of Iowa City, is a 1973 graduate of the UI English department and has been with the foundation since 1987.

"These promotions and recent development staff additions will enhance our ability to meet the university's growing need for private support, which is so necessary to maintaining the UI's level of excellence in education, research, and service," Darrell D. Wyrick, UI Foundation president, said. "Adding these associate vice president positions to our management structure also illustrates our strategic focus on major gifts and capital campaigns, which is where we will need to concentrate our efforts in the years ahead. I'm confident that David and Susan will continue to perform exceptionally well in carrying out their new responsibilities."

In addition to the promotion of existing staff, the foundation announced that Shannon Miller of Cedar Rapids and Todd L. Reding of Fitchburg, Mass., have joined the fund-raising team for the UI College of Medicine and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). Miller, who will serve as assistant director of development, will oversee anniversary class gift campaigns in the College of Medicine and coordinate Dean's Club activities and other programs directed toward high-level annual contributors. Miller earned a bachelor's degree in English and political science from Luther College and a master's degree in higher education administration from Indiana University, where she most recently worked as a graduate assistant for the Indiana University Foundation.

Reding has been named as associate director of development for the UI College of Medicine and UIHC. Since 1995 he has been director of development at Fitchburg State College. Reding earned a bachelor's in English and history from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Mo. and has held fund-raising positions at Indiana State University and Rockhurst College. Reding will work with department chairs, faculty, and volunteers on departmental campaigns in the College of Medicine and UIHC.

The UI Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private contributions to all areas of the University of Iowa. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends to provide scholarships, professorships, resources for equipment and technology, and other forms of support for the UI. In early 1998, the foundation, UI Alumni Association, and UI Division of Alumni Records and Services will relocate to the UI's new Levitt Center for University Advancement, located just northwest of Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus.