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University of Iowa Foundation News Release

July 26, 2006

Photo: Lynette L. Marshall, new president of the University of Iowa Foundation; click on photo for high resolution (300dpi) image

Illinois Fund-Raising VP Chosen To Head University Of Iowa Foundation

Lynette L. Marshall, vice president of the University of Illinois Foundation at Urbana-Champaign, has been named president of the University of Iowa Foundation. The announcement was made today by Charles M. Kierscht, interim president, chair of the UI Foundation board of directors and chair of the foundation's presidential search committee. (A bio of Marshall is available online at

Marshall, a native of Speer, Ill., holds a B.S. degree in agricultural science and a master's degree in educational policy studies, both from the University of Illinois. She has spent her entire fund-raising career at Illinois, beginning as a development officer in the university's College of Agriculture in 1983. She was then named assistant chancellor for corporate and foundation relations and, in 2004, became the university's associate chancellor for development.  She was named vice president of the University of Illinois Foundation earlier this year. 

"Lynette Marshall is an ideal fit for the UI Foundation at this pivotal point in its history," said Kierscht. "Her experience, both in the Big Ten and at the helm of a foundation currently involved in the early phases of a $2 billion campaign, make her well suited to lead the UI Foundation as we pursue even more ambitious goals for the years ahead.

"Our alumni, volunteers, contributors and campus colleagues will find Lynette to be an exceptional communicator who is passionate about public higher education, and who is eager to devote her considerable talents to advancing the University of Iowa."

Marshall will begin her duties on Aug. 22, Kierscht said, and events introducing her to community members and key donors and friends will be scheduled in the coming weeks. 

"The University of Iowa Foundation is recognized nationally for its substantial fund-raising achievements, including its recent $1 billion campaign, as well as for the high quality of its programs and staff," said Marshall. "I am truly  honored to have been chosen to carry on the outstanding legacy of my predecessors Darrell Wyrick and Michael New.  Frankly, I can't wait to begin work on behalf of the University of Iowa and Hawkeyes everywhere."

Interim UI President Gary Fethke said, "In meeting with Lynette, I was pleased to learn of her Midwestern roots and was impressed by her comprehensive development experience, particularly in major capital campaigns. I look forward to working with her as the university begins to pursue its key fund-raising priorities for the near term. She's a great fit for Iowa, and I know she'll be an excellent partner for the next UI president."

Marshall is only the third president in the foundation's 50-year history and the first from outside the UI community. Wyrick, an Iowa graduate who led the foundation for more than 30 years, retired in 1998 and was succeeded by New, also an alumnus and longtime foundation staff member, who served as president until ill health forced him to step down in September 2005. New continued to serve as the foundation's chief development officer until his death in April of this year.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. In fiscal year 2006, the foundation raised nearly $169 million from more than 68,000 contributors. For more information, visit the foundation's web site at

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Charles M. Kierscht, 319-335-3305, Writer: Susan Shullaw

PHOTOS: Images of Lynette Marshall are available: