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Media Center in business renamed to honor Ingram Micro CEO
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- In recognition of the support that Jerre and Mary
Joy Stead have provided to the University of Iowa and the College of Business
Administration, the College of Business Advanced Learning Technologies
Center has been renamed the Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Advanced Learning
Technologies Center in their honor.
Jerre Stead, a UI alumnus, is chairman and chief executive officer of
Ingram Micro Inc. of Santa Ana, Calif., the world's largest distributor
of technology products. In addition to generous financial contributions
over nearly 20 years, Jerre and Mary Joy Stead have established a substantial
deferred gift for the college through the UI Foundation.
"The Steads have also expressed their intention to provide financial
assistance to the college in the near future to support and accelerate
programs that are of special interest to them," said Gary Fethke,
dean of the UI College of Business Administration. "Throughout their
lives Jerre and Mary Joy have been loyal and generous friends of the College
of Business Administration and the University of Iowa."
In addition to serving on the college's board of visitors and the UI
Foundation board of directors, Jerre Stead speaks to UI business classes
and talks informally with students.
"I'm honored to have the center carry our names. It's a great asset
to business students and faculty, providing the latest technology to assist
learning," said Jerre Stead. "To succeed in the business world
of the future, today's students will need to be adept in the latest computer
Born in Maquoketa, Jerre Stead graduated from the UI in 1965 with a
degree in business administration. After graduation he accepted a position
at Honeywell, Inc., where he worked in a variety of management positions
for 21 years. Beginning in 1987 Jerre accepted increasingly challenging
leadership positions with Square D Company, ATT Global Information Solutions,
NCR Corp., and Legent Corp. He later joined Ingram Micro, helping build
it into the computer industry's leading wholesale distributor of 145,000
computer products from more than 1,400 of the world's leading manufacturers.
The Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Advanced Learning Technologies Center,
located in Room W294 of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building,
is the first center of its kind in a U.S. business college dedicated solely
to business education. It provides business faculty, students and staff
with instructional and technological support to create online lessons,
assignments and other learning activities. Faculty use the latest in online
audio, online video and other computer technology to augment classroom
The Center, which opened July 1, is co-directed by Joan Huntley, a founder
of the campuswide New Media Center Second Look Computing, and by Maggie
Jesse, who directs the college's World Wide Web initiatives.