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Aug. 11, 2005

TIAA-CREF Chief To Speak At University Of Iowa

Herbert M. Allison, Jr., chief executive officer of TIAA-CREF financial services, the organization that manages the retirement plan for University of Iowa employees, will speak at the Tippie College of Business at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, in Suite S401 of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

Allison will discuss the key demographic and economic challenges the United States faces in helping Americans achieve financial security in retirement. 

Allison has been chairman, president and CEO of TIAA-CREF since 2002. Before that, he had worked at Merrill Lynch & Co. for 28 years, the last two as president and chief operating officer. He also worked as finance officer for the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain in 2000 and as president and CEO of the Alliance for Lifelong Learning, Inc., a start-up academic organization that is a joint venture of Oxford, Stanford and Yale Universities. He remains on AllLearn's board.

Allison is on the board of directors of the New York Stock Exchange. He also serves on the advisory board of the Yale School of Management, is the vice chair of the Business-Higher Education Forum and recently served on Governor George Pataki's New York State Commission on Education Reform. Allison is a member of both the Business Roundtable and the Financial Services Roundtable. He has also served as chair of the Vietnam Education Foundation and from the board of the United Negro College Fund.

Allison earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Yale University and a master's degree in business administration from Stanford University.

The University of Iowa's Henry B. Tippie College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs that consistently rank it among the top 30 public business schools in the nation. In addition to the nationally ranked MBA Program, students can receive degrees in accounting, economics, finance, management and organizations, management sciences, and marketing. Further information can be found at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara Thomas, 319-335-2188,

NOTE TO EDITORS: Allison will be available to answer questions from the media after his speech. Media wishing to cover the event should contact Barbara Thomas, director of communication and external relations for the Tippie College of Business at, or at 319-335-2188.