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Selden Smith joins UI Foundation as director of development for UI Libraries

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Selden W. Smith of Philadelphia, Pa., has joined the staff of the University of Iowa Foundation as director of development for the UI Libraries. Smith has been associate director of library development and external affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Library since July 1993.

"Selden's outstanding fund-raising experience with a major university library makes him an excellent addition to our staff," said Michael New, the foundation's vice president for development programs. "His responsibilities will include developing long-term fund-raising strategies for the Libraries. In addition to cultivating prospective donors, he'll work closely with UI alumni and friends and the Libraries Friends group."

Smith has also served as associate director of development at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Before entering the development field, Smith was an editorial and new business assistant for Towers Perrin Forster and Crosby (TPF&C), an employee compensation and benefits consulting firm. Smith earned a bachelor's degree in English from Pennsylvania State University in 1978.

Sheila D. Creth, university librarian, said the UI Libraries staff members and the Advisory Board of the Friends are excited about working with Selden Smith as a full-time fund raiser for the Libraries. "He brings valuable knowledge and fund-raising experience for the University Libraries," said Creth, "and he understands that funds raised for the Libraries contribute directly to the quality of teaching and research activities at The University of Iowa."

Smith is a member of the National Society of Fund-Raising Executives and the Academic Library Advancement and Development Network, of which he is a co-founder.

The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private contributions to all areas of the University of Iowa. Foundation staff members work with alumni and friends to provide support for a broad range of programs and projects at the University of Iowa.