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Release: Immediate

UI Foundation executive staff appointments announced

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two new employees have joined the University of Iowa Foundation executive staff, and a long-time employee has changed duties. Suzanne Roverud and Pat Vickerman have been named assistant directors of Planned and Major Giving, and Rich Wretman has moved from director of development for the College of Engineering to director of development for the College of Liberal Arts. Roverud and Vickerman are filling new positions, a result of growth and increased activity at the UI Foundation.

"These staff changes are part of our ongoing response to the need to expand the university's fund-raising capability, especially at this time when private support is crucial to so many UI programs. We look forward to better serving UI alumni and friends who contribute so generously to a wide range of programs across campus," said Michael New, UI Foundation vice president, development programs.

Suzanne Roverud started her position with the foundation April 1. She previously was director of development for the American Cancer Society's Iowa division, based in Iowa City. She earned a bachelor's degree in English and communications at Luther College in her hometown of Decorah.

Pat Vickerman joined the foundation staff March 23. He comes to the UI Foundation from Butler University, Indianapolis, Ind., where he was associate director of annual giving. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in physical education and a master's in higher education administration.

Rich Wretman of Iowa City joined the Foundation in 1985. Since 1994 he has served as director of development for the College of Engineering. He has directed the current campaign to raise $11 million to modernize the 1906 Engineering Building by renovating the existing structure and adding a new wing with classrooms, labs, and student-oriented study and meeting areas.

Wretman earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Northern Iowa, and a master's in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa.

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.