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Release: Immediate

On-campus interviews to begin for UI Alumni Association director position

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- On-campus interviews are set to begin May 14 and continue through June 6 for the position of director of the University of Iowa Alumni Association. Five candidates will be interviewed by the search committee and members of the Alumni Association board of directors as well as UI administrators, faculty, staff and students.

The five candidates and the days of their interviews are as follows:

* Vincent C. Nelson, interim executive director of the University of Iowa Alumni Association, Wednesday, May 14. Nelson served from 1988-1996 as associate executive director of the UI Alumni Association. From 1977 to 1979, he was director of alumni and parent programs at Drake University in Des Moines. He also served from 1975 to 1979 as Drake's assistant director of admissions and assistant director of bands.

Nelson earned bachelor's and master's degrees in music education from Drake. He has also completed a Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Summer Institute in Alumni Administration and a Seminar for Senior Advancement Professionals.

* Edward J. Paquette, executive director of the Alumni Association of Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., Tuesday, May 20. Paquette previously served as president and headmaster of the Leelanau Center for Education in Glen Arbor, Mich., and as headmaster, chief executive officer and director of admissions at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill. He has also taught at Canisius College and at the Nichols School, both in Buffalo, N.Y.

Paquette has a bachelor's degree in education from Northwestern University and two master's degrees from Canisius College: one in guidance and counseling and another in educational administration.

* Bryan J. Van Deun, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb., Friday, May 23. Van Deun was president and chief executive officer of the Nebraska Alumni Association from 1987 to 1996. He has previous experience as associate executive director of alumni relations at Penn State University. In addition, he has served as director of financial aid at Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, Pa., and at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J.

Van Deun earned an A.B. degree in political science from Franklin College of Indiana, a master's degree in higher education administration and counseling psychology from Iowa State University, and an Ed.D. in higher education and political science from Penn State. He is also a certified association executive of the American Society of Association Executives.

* C. William Colburn, director of alumni relations, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn., Monday, June 2. Colburn was associate executive director of the University of Michigan Alumni Association from 1984 to 1995. Prior to that, he was a member of the faculty at Michigan from 1965 to 1984.

Colburn has a bachelor's degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, a master's degree from Bowling Green State University, and a doctorate from Indiana University.

* Jennifer Lewis McCarty, executive director of the Alumni Association at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga., Friday, June 6. McCarty has also held positions with the Indiana University Alumni Association in Bloomington, Ind., and was director of alumni relations at Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, Mich. In addition, she has worked as associate director of annual giving at Kalamazoo College and as a development associate for the University of Illinois Foundation, Urbana, Ill.

McCarty has a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The UI Alumni Association has more than 46,000 alumni and friends in its membership from the UI's more than 187,000 living graduates. The association offers a variety of programs including efforts to recruit students to the UI, receptions at "away" sporting events and post-season bowl games and tournaments, career exploration and networking, annual distinguished alumni awards, Parents Weekend each fall, and class reunions. The Alumni Association also publishes the Iowa Alumni Quarterly, a magazine sent to all dues-paying members.