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Release: Immediate

Two development officers join UI Foundation

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Brad Chenoweth and Kevin Collins have joined the University of Iowa Foundation executive staff.

Chenoweth began Nov. 2 as director of development for the UI Museum of Art. Collins assumed his duties Nov. 30 as director of development for the UI College of Engineering. Chenoweth earned a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Washington in 1989. He came to the UI Foundation from San Francisco, where he served most recently as annual fund manager of Project Inform, a national HIV/AIDS advocacy organization. He previously was a fund-raiser for the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, where he coordinated a $60 million capital campaign to transform the city's former main library into a new facility for the museum.

Michael New, UI Foundation president, said Chenoweth's experience working with contributors and his expertise in fund-raising for facilities improvements for the visual arts will be a major asset to the UI Museum of Art. "We're delighted that Brad has joined the Foundation staff," New said.

In addition to leading the museum's annual fund program, Chenoweth will raise private support to help the museum expand space for exhibitions and educational programs in the former Alumni Center, which adjoins the museum. The building was vacated last spring by the UI Foundation and the UI Alumni Association.

Kevin Collins brings nearly a decade of fund-raising experience to his position as director of development for the College of Engineering.

He was previously a senior development officer at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. A 1989 graduate of St. Olaf College, Collins also holds an M.A. degree in educational administration from the University of St. Thomas. He is originally from Iowa City, where he graduated from West High School in 1985.

Richard K. Miller, dean of the College of Engineering, said, "We're excited to have Kevin Collins on board during this pivotal time for the college. His background in forging relationships with alumni and friends will help us raise scholarship funds and support for curriculum and faculty development and other programs."

Miller added that these private-fund investments will allow students and faculty to make the most of the college's renovated and new facilities. A four-year, $29 million modernization project, scheduled for completion in 2001, has already achieved its goal of raising $11 million in private support.

The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private contributions to all areas of the University of Iowa. Foundation staff work with alumni, friends and businesses to provide funds for student support, equipment and other resources in the UI Museum of Art, the College of Engineering and other colleges and programs throughout the University.