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Release: Nov. 21, 2000

UI foundation board elects new chair and directors

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A Cedar Rapids attorney and University of Iowa graduate has been elected to head the University of Iowa Foundation Board of Directors. At its fall meeting, the foundation’s board appointed Carroll J. Reasoner as chair, succeeding David J. Fisher, UI College of Law graduate and CEO and chair of Onthank Co. of Des Moines, who had served as chair of the foundation board since 1997. The board also elected two new directors, re-elected five directors, and elected officers and executive committee members.

Reasoner received a B.A. degree in psychology in 1973 and a J.D. degree in 1976 from the UI. She is senior vice president with Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C., a Cedar Rapids firm where her husband, Thomas P. Peffer, an Iowa Law School alumnus, also is an attorney. Reasoner is an active leader on several boards, associations and community organizations. She has served on the Iowa Law School Foundation Board of Directors since 1994 and the UI Foundation Board of Directors since 1992. For the past five years Reasoner has been vice chair of the UI Foundation board, and her volunteer efforts have played a key role in the success of fund-raising campaigns for Hancher Auditorium and the College of Law.

"There are countless opportunities for the UI to enhance its service to the state through education, research, and other initiatives, if the resources can be found to turn those opportunities into reality," said Reasoner. "The UI Foundation, its contributors and volunteers are highly motivated to provide those resources, particularly as we look toward the active phase of the university’s comprehensive campaign. I am delighted to serve at such a promising time in the history of the university and the state of Iowa."

The new directors elected to three-year terms on the UI Foundation board are Mary Ann Blythe of Williamsburg, Iowa, and Ralph H. Congdon, M.D., of Davenport, Iowa.

Blythe, who attended the University of Iowa, is the daughter of Arlene M. and Ronald W. Holden and the granddaughter of Ruby Holden and the late Roland W. Holden, all of Williamsburg, Iowa. An active community leader, Blythe is director of youth education at First Presbyterian Church in Williamsburg. She has served on the boards of several organizations, including the Williamsburg Community Preschool and Sport Hill Country Club of Williamsburg, and has guided several successful fund-raising campaigns for community, church and school initiatives. Four generations of the Holden family, including Mary Ann and her husband, Curtis L. Blythe, recently made a $25 million gift to support the UI Cancer Center, which has been renamed the Holden Cancer Center in honor of the family.

Congdon received a B.A. degree in science education in 1961 and an M.D. degree in 1965 from the UI. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at UI Hospitals and Clinics in 1972 and is currently an orthopaedic surgeon with Orthopaedic & Rheumatology Associates of Davenport, Iowa, and Muscatine, Iowa. Congdon served on the National Steering Committee for the UI College of Medicine’s successful $25 million fund-raising campaign to build a new Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility, now under construction on the UI health sciences campus, and to create endowments to support medical education, research and student scholarships. In honor of their generous contribution to the campaign, a classroom in the new medical facility will be named for Congdon and his wife, Marcia A. Congdon, who received her B.S.N. degree from the UI in 1961.

The UI Foundation Board of Directors now has 26 elected members, as well as ex officio member UI President Mary Sue Coleman. Co-vice chairs for 2000-2001 are UI College of Law graduate Charles M. Kierscht of Hinsdale, Ill., and UI business graduate Robert W. Verhille of Solon, Iowa. Also elected as UI Foundation officers were: Michael J. New, president; Alan L. Swanson, senior vice president, development services, and corporate secretary; and Tiffani Shaw, CFO and treasurer. New, Swanson and Shaw live in Iowa City.

The board of directors also re-elected five incumbent members to serve additional three-year terms: Sue W. Cannon of Hinsdale, Ill.; Leonard A. Hadley of Cedar Rapids; Richard S. Levitt of Minneapolis, Minn.; Mary Louise Petersen of Harlan, Iowa; and Carroll J. Reasoner of Cedar Rapids.

Incorporated in 1956, the UI Foundation is the preferred channel of private support to all areas of the University of Iowa and assists a range of UI programs through its fund-raising activities.


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