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UI Foundation names assistant vice presidents

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Foundation has announced the creation of five new assistant vice president positions, effective Feb. 15.

"This new level of management will enable us to focus more attention on a major comprehensive campaign being planned to advance the University," said UI Foundation President Michael J. New. "At the same time, these changes will assure that members of our development staff are coached and managed in the most effective way."

The new assistant vice presidents, all of Iowa City, include: Carl J. Bendorf, named to assistant vice president, gift planning. Bendorf, a staff member since 1990, will supervise the development staff in this area of the foundation, which focuses on estate gifts, life-income gifts, bequests, trusts and other forms of major and deferred giving.

Patricia T. Cain, named to assistant vice president, corporate and foundation relations. One goal of the upcoming campaign, according to New, will be to increase support from the corporate sector. Cain, who joined the foundation in 1992, will direct these activities at the state, regional and national levels.

David R. Dierks, named to assistant vice president, principal gifts. Dierks has been a member of the foundation staff for 26 years. His new position will allow him to devote greater time and attention to working with the university's most generous contributors.

Susan Sweeney Flaherty, named to assistant vice president, development research and records. Flaherty, who has been with the foundation since 1987, and her staff assist development officers in coordinating cultivation, solicitation and stewardship among the university's major benefactors.

Rich Wretman, named to assistant vice president, constituent development programs. Wretman, a member of the foundation staff since 1985 and most recently director of development for the College of Liberal Arts, will supervise many of the development officers assigned to UI colleges and units.

The foundation announced two previous organizational changes in January, naming Alan L. Swanson to senior vice president, development services, and Stephen T. Sanders to vice president, development programs. The foundation's four-member management group now includes New, Swanson, Sanders and Susan M. Shullaw, associate vice president, communications and campaign 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 and friends to provide resources for professorships, scholarships, building renovations, equipment, technology and other forms of support for the UI.