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Release: April 3, 2000

UI mail system director receives national award

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Louis R. Eichler, director of the central mail system at the University of Iowa recently received the Industry Excellence Award for colleges and universities from the U.S. Postal Service. The award was presented during the March 20 National Postal Forum held in Nashville, Tenn.

The award is given to individuals who have demonstrated particular leadership and influence within the mailing industry. Eichler was cited for the award, in part, for his work in helping establish and lead a task force to create a mail guide as a tool for assisting managers of complex college and university mail operations. The guide was formally introduced at the National Postal Forum and is being mailed free of charge to all U.S. colleges and universities.

Eichler, a UI employee since 1982 and director of the central mail system since 1993, says that keeping up with the effects of new technology on mail distribution continues to be one of the biggest challenges in his field.