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University of Iowa Foundation News Release

Oct. 11, 2004

Foundation Adds Fundraisers For UI Medical And Law Schools, Hospitals

Brenda Duello, CFRE, and Peter Wilch have joined the University of Iowa Foundation as fund raisers, with assignments to secure private gift support for the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, UI Hospitals and Clinics and the UI College of Law.

Duello, a director of development for the UI Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics, comes to the UI Foundation after serving as vice president for planned and major gifts for St. Luke's Health Care Foundation in Cedar Rapids. She was previously director of development for the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra. Duello earned a bachelor of arts degree in administrative management from Mount Mercy College.

Wilch, director of development for the College of Law, was associate director of development at Grinnell College before coming to the UI Foundation.  He previously raised private support for Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and worked in the finance and brokerage industries. Wilch holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Cornell College.

UI Foundation President Michael J. New said the foundation is pleased to welcome Duello and Wilch to its staff.

"Brenda and Peter bring expertise and fresh ideas to the UI Foundation's ongoing efforts to maximize private support for the UI," New said. "They are a great asset for us, and most important, for the UI Carver College of Medicine, UI Hospitals and Clinics and the College of Law. We couldn't be happier to have Brenda and Peter on board."

The UI Foundation is directing the UI's $1 billion comprehensive campaign, named "Good. Better. Best. Iowa: The Campaign to Advance Our Great University." The seven-year (1999-2005) effort is raising private funds to help launch a variety of initiatives across the university, substantially increase the number of UI scholarships and endowed faculty positions, support new educational and research facilities, build the UI's endowment and fund outreach and service programs to benefit Iowans.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university.  For more information about the "Good. Better. Best. Iowa" campaign, visit its web site at

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The University of Iowa Foundation is acknowledged by the UI as a preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the UI. Foundation staff work with a volunteer board of directors, the university's administration, colleges and departments to set fund-raising priorities; expand the base of contributors; provide stewardship to multiply funds already raised and conduct a variety of activities and fund-raising campaigns that advance the university's strategic goals.

For more information on the UI Foundation and its support of the UI, go to its web site at

STORY SOURCE: UI Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Greiner, Director, Human Resources (319) 335-3305; Writer: Nic Arp