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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 30, 2005

College Of Liberal Arts And Sciences Names New Advisory Board Members

Linda Maxson, Dean of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has announced the appointment of five new members to the Dean's Advisory Board. All were appointed to three-year terms, starting with the board's annual meeting Sept. 8 and 9.

New members include: Jeffrey C. Langel, a finance executive in Raleigh, N.C.; David R. Rice, a Seattle-based pharmaceutical sales manager; Richard L. Sevcik, a Chicago attorney; Irma E. Simpson, a foundation manager in the Washington, D.C. metro area; and Diane G. Sprenger, a Chicago marketing executive.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Advisory Board is made up of 24 members who work with the dean to advance the college's mission and strategic goals. The board is charged with providing counsel on issues raised by the dean, undertaking projects to benefit the college and assisting in making contacts with alumni and friends of the college, among other tasks. The board meets annually with the dean and other top administrators in the college. A complete list of board members is online,

Langel is CFO & Treasurer of Telerent Leasing Corporation, which is a leading provider of in-room entertainment, education and information systems to the healthcare and hospitality industries. Prior to joining Telerent in 1998, Langel held financial management positions with Alaska Airlines for seven years, with the LTV Corporation for seven years and with Roy M. Huffington, Inc. for three years. Langel earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1979 and his M.B.A. in finance from the Henry B. Tippie College of Business in 1980.

Rice is the Western Hospital Specialty Divisional Manager for Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he manages hospitals sales representatives in seven western states. Over his 16-year career with Forest, Rice has held a variety of roles from Product Manager to Divisional Sales Manager to Regional Director. He is a five-time winner of the company's coveted President's Club Award recognizing top sales performance and two-time honoree as Divisional Sales Manager of the Year. Rice earned his bachelor's degree in biology from the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1988 and his M.B.A from the University of Washington in 2000.

Sevcik, a member of Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLC, concentrates his practice in exempt organizations and health care. He has extensive experience in the representation of public charities, private foundations and other exempt organizations. He regularly advises exempt organizations with respect to their organization and operation, the fiduciary obligations of their officers and directors, tax, regulatory and corporate compliance and disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and other regulatory authorities. Sevcik earned his bachelor's degree in political science and economics with highest honors from the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1982. He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago.

Simpson is the manager of the Gannett Foundation, a company-sponsored private foundation, which makes grants in more than 120 communities in the USA and the U.K. where Gannett Co., Inc. operates newspapers and television stations. She joined Gannett in 1986 in the public affairs and government relations department, and has managed the Foundation since its inception in 1991. Prior to Gannett, Irma worked in several positions at the Anderson Clinic in Arlington and at National Hospital for Orthopedics, where she was assistant administrator for medical staff services. An Iowa native, she earned a bachelor's degree in music from the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and has lived in the Washington metropolitan area since 1975.

Sprenger is a marketing executive with more then 20 years experience in marketing, advertising and sales in both corporate and entrepreneurial environments. She started her career at the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee in marketing and brand management. After gaining additional experience with some local companies in the special event planning and financial marketing, she moved to Chicago in 1989 to work at Foote Cone and Belding Advertising on the Coors Light account. She has also worked in advertising and sales for Time Warner, Vogue Magazine, Dr. Joyce Brothers and most recently for luxury retailers in a consulting capacity. She earned her bachelor's degree in home economics from the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1976.

Established in 1900, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest of the UI's 11 colleges, with an enrollment of more than 17,000 undergraduates and 2,250 graduate students. The College seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to conduct these activities in a culturally diverse, humane, technologically advanced and increasingly global environment.

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