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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 27, 2006

Photos (from left): Vice President for Research Meredith Hay; Linda Q. Everett, associate director and chief nursing officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics; and Lisa Bluder, Hawkeye women's basketball coach.

UI Leaders To Be Honored As 2006 Women Of Influence

The Corridor Business Journal has named three distinguished University of Iowa leaders among its 11 Women of Influence in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor.

The UI honorees are: Vice President for Research Meredith Hay; Linda Q. Everett, associate director and chief nursing officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics; and Lisa Bluder, Hawkeye women's basketball coach.

The Journal's Women of Influence award identifies women who have made a difference in the Corridor and who are representative role models as leaders in their fields and communities.

The women will be honored at the Women of Influence awards dinner on Thursday, March 9, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Cedar Rapids. Tickets for an entire table may be reserved by calling Margaret Rios at 319-335-4844. The full list of honorees was published in the Corridor Business Journal's Feb. 27 issue and will be profiled in a special issue on March 6.

Last year's inaugural class of honorees, which selected this year's award recipients, included Donna Katen-Bahensky, director and chief executive officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics.

The UI honorees have exhibited exceptional leadership in their respective fields. Here is some additional information on each of them:

--Hay is responsible for leading the research enterprise at the UI, which consistently ranks among the top 20 public research institutions in external funding, receiving approximately $360 million in the past fiscal year. As vice president for research, Hay has been responsible for leading campus activities and external communications to strengthen community and statewide appreciation for the role of the UI in the economic growth of the state.

Prior to joining the UI in June 2005, Hay served as assistant to the vice president for academic affairs at the University of Missouri-System. In addition to her duties as vice president for research, Hay has continued to sustain a vigorous research program and leads an active National Institutes of Health-funded research laboratory in cardiovascular neurobiology.

Hay, a Texas native, earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver, her M.A. in neurobiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her Ph.D. in cardiovascular pharmacology from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio.

-- One of the most respected and admired coaches in collegiate basketball, Bluder is in her sixth season as the head basketball coach at the UI. Under Bluder's direction, the Hawkeyes have advanced to five consecutive post-season appearances (3 NCAA and 2 WNIT), the second highest of any Hawkeye women's basketball coach. Bluder's success has earned her numerous accolades, including Big Ten Coach of the Year. She was also honored as the College Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball News Service and was named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association District 6 Coach of the Year. A native of Marion, Iowa, Bluder came to the UI after spending 10 successful seasons at Drake University. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in marketing.

-- Everett, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN., assumed her role as  associate director of UI Hospitals and Clinics, and director of Nursing Services and Patient Care/Chief Nursing Officer, in January 1999. She also serves as associate dean for clinical practice in the College of Nursing at the UI. Along with these duties, Everett has interim responsibility for 22 major ambulatory clinics, the Emergency Treatment Center, the Integrated Call Center and on- and off-site dialysis services. Everett was recently designated a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and chosen in a national ballot to serve as the president-elect of the American Organization of Nurse Executives effective January 2006 and president in 2007. She also began serving as the president-elect of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) in January 2006 and will assume the AONE presidency in January 2007.

Everett received a diploma in nursing from Riverside White-Cross School of Nursing, Columbus, Ohio; a bachelor of science in nursing from Kent State University, Ohio; and a master's of science in nursing at The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Care at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She subsequently received a doctorate in Nursing Administration/Nursing Systems from the University of Michigan.

The Corridor Business Journal is a weekly business publication focused on providing local business news and information to business and community leaders along the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Corridor. Launched in July 2004, the Journal has its main office on the UI's Technology Innovation Center in Coralville.

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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: John Lohman, Corridor Business Journal publisher, 319-335-4863