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Release: Immediate

UI Foundation promotes Sanders to associate vice president

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Stephen T. Sanders, the University of Iowa Foundation's director of development for the UI College of Medicine and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), has been named to the new position of associate vice president for health sciences development.

Sanders, who joined the foundation in June 1996, will continue to serve as the chief development officer for the College of Medicine and UIHC. In his new position, he will also have administrative responsibility for the foundation's development programs in the Colleges of Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Nursing.

In announcing the promotion, Michael J. New, the foundation's vice president for development programs, said the position change reflects the foundation's increased fund-raising activities in the health sciences, resulting from the growing need for private support within the colleges and the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

"Steve's experience in this specialized area of development and his excellent skills as a fund raiser are well suited to the challenges of this new position," said New. "We created this position to assure that we continue our team-based approach in all of our Health Sciences Center fund-raising efforts. We believe Steve is the ideal person to lead that team."

Among Sanders' ongoing responsibilities will be his role as director of a major capital campaign for the College of Medicine, which will help fund a new Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility, as well as endowments for education and research. The campaign is in its early stages and will be publicly launched next year.

"Speaking on behalf of the College of Medicine as well as UIHC, I can say that we have been very pleased with Steve's efforts," said Robert P. Kelch, dean of the College of Medicine, "and we believe this promotion is well deserved. Steve has become an essential member of our leadership team and has been particularly helpful in working with alumni, faculty, and other important constituencies both within and outside the college. Steve's new role will strengthen those valuable partnerships."

Prior to joining the UI Foundation, Sanders served as director of medical development for the University of Kansas Medical Center from 1990 to 1996. The center includes the School of Medicine in Kansas City and Wichita, the School of Nursing and Allied Health, and the University of Kansas Hospital. A native of Philadelphia, Sanders received his bachelor's degree in organizational communication and sociology from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Mo.

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.