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Oct. 2, 2006

UI Alumni Association Board Welcomes New Leadership

The man responsible for coordinating some of the biggest economic development projects in Johnson County in recent years and a popular television personality are among the new faces on the University of Iowa Alumni Association's board of directors.

UIAA board members recently welcomed a new chairperson, chair-elect, and five other members-including Coralville City Administrator Kelly Hayworth (photo, left) and Channel 7 news anchor Ron Steele(photo, right)-to begin their terms of service this fall. The association's governing body includes more than 20 alumni representatives who travel from across the country to meet in Iowa City twice yearly to help set policy and guide the direction for the organization that serves 54,000 dues-paying members.

The new board will convene for the first time during Homecoming week.

Garland Hershey, the board's new chair, holds three degrees from the University of Iowa. A resident of Chapel Hill, N.C., Hershey's degrees include a bachelor of arts in science education (1963), a doctor of dental surgery (1965), and a master's of science in orthodontics (1971). He is an orthodontics and health policy and administration professor at the University of North Carolina. A UI Dental Alumnus of the Year honoree, Hershey has also served as vice chancellor and chief executive officer of the UNC Health Center and as the university's vice provost.

Jeffrey Kueter, of Alexandria, Va., the UIAA's new chair-elect, is president of the George Marshall Institute, a nonprofit research group dedicated to fostering and preserving scientific integrity in the public policy process. President of the Capital Area Iowa Club since 1999, Kueter earned a bachelor of arts in political science in 1993.

Julie Nelson, of Dallas, Texas former global managing partner of Accenture, a management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company, joins the board as the Tippie College of Business representative. Nelson graduated from the UI in 1974 with a bachelor of fine arts and in 1978 with a master's of business administration. 

Ann Teske, of Columbus, Ohio, is the new representative for the College of Nursing. Formerly executive director for the Ohio University Institute for Health and Human Services, Teske now runs her own healthcare and strategic management consulting firm. Teske holds a bachelor of science (1969) and a master's degree (1971), both in nursing. 

Kelly Hayworth, of Coralville, Marlys J. Smith, of Germantown, Tenn., and Ronald L. Steele, of Hudson, all join the board as at-large representatives.

Hayworth graduated from the UI with a bachelor and master's degree in business administration in 1983 and 1985, respectively. A recipient of the UIAA's Distinguished Alumni Award, Hayworth has served as administrator for the City of Coralville since 1988, overseeing major projects such as the Coral Ridge Mall and the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Smith is co-owner of her family's business, Cook & Love Shoes, as well as the co-founder of the Memphis Iowa Club. She holds a 1968 bachelor of arts in social work. Steele, a 1973 UI journalism graduate, is the anchor of Waterloo's KWWL Channel 7 evening news and a recipient of the Iowa Broadcast News Association's highest honor.

For a full list of the UI Alumni Association's board of directors, visit

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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: UIAA, 319-335-3294