CONTACT: MICHAEL NEW
President, UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: July 18, 2000
Volunteers named to lead major UI fund-raising campaign
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Five prominent University of Iowa alumni have been selected
to lead the UI's comprehensive campaign, now in its initial planning phase,
according to University of Iowa Foundation President Michael J. New.
Mary Louise Petersen of Harlan, Iowa, and Marvin Pomerantz of Des Moines
will serve as co-chairs of the UI's National Campaign Steering Committee.
Petersen, a 1951 UI science education graduate, is former president of the
Board of Regents, State of Iowa, and current chair of The Presidents Club,
the university's highest honor club for contributors. Pomerantz, a 1952 UI
business graduate, also led the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; chaired the
University's Iowa Endowment 2000 Campaign in the late 1980s; and is former
chair of the UI Foundation board of directors. In addition to their volunteer
efforts, both Petersen and Pomerantz have been generous UI contributors, supporting
areas ranging from the Colleges of Business and Education to the University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the UI Libraries.
Joining Petersen and Pomerantz on the campaign leadership team will be vice-chairs
Gary Seamans of St. Charles, Ill.; Mary Joy Stead of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and
Robert Verhille of Solon, Iowa. Seamans, an Iowa City native, is a 1971 graduate
of the UI College of Engineering. Stead attended the UI in the 1960s, and
Verhille earned his business degree from the UI in 1955. All five steering
committee volunteers are members of the UI Foundation board of directors.
Additional committee members will be named in the coming months.
"We are delighted to have such a strong leadership team assembled for
this campaign," said UI President Mary Sue Coleman. "Our objective
is to significantly advance the university as we enter the 21st century, in
order to better serve the needs of our students, our community, the state
of Iowa, and the world. The UI has always relied on the energy, dedication,
and generosity of its volunteers, and we are confident that the team chosen
to lead this campaign will set the pace for attaining and surpassing our goals."
The UI and the UI Foundation are in the early, non-public stage of the campaign,
which is designed to assist the UI in meeting the objectives of its current
strategic plan. The campaign, for which no dollar goal has yet been established,
will raise funds to substantially increase the number of merit- and need-based
scholarships; create 100 new endowed faculty chairs and professorships; support
eight new educational and research facilities; fund outreach and service programs
to benefit individuals, families, and communities throughout the state of
Iowa; build the UI's endowment; and launch new initiatives in the arts, sciences,
business, health care, and other fields. A public kickoff and goal announcement
are planned for spring 2002.
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions to
all areas of the university. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends
to generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities improvements,
equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives.