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Vince Nelson appointed director of UI Alumni Association
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Vince Nelson has been appointed executive director
of the University of Iowa Alumni Association. Nelson, who has been interim
director of the association for the past 18 months, was appointed by UI
President Mary Sue Coleman and the UI Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Nelson takes over the helm of an organization with 47,000 members.
As executive director he will manage a full-time staff of 18 as well as
a dozen part-time student workers and will oversee the organization's $2.1
million annual budget. He also serves as publisher of the Iowa Alumni
"I am delighted that Vince Nelson was recommended and selected
as executive director of the UI Alumni Association," said Coleman.
"I have worked with Vince for two years and find him to be an enthusiastic
and innovative leader. The strong relationships between the alumni association
and the university are virtually unique in my experience and are a great
strength for this university. I look forward to many productive years
working with Vince and the association to serve the needs of our alumni."
"Vince Nelson is dedicated to serving both the alumni membership
and the university, which I believe are essential for a successful alumni
association," said Willard L. Boyd III, president of the UI Alumni
Association board of directors. "The board looks forward to the leadership
and vision Vince will provide as we move forward with our strategic plan."
A native of Clarinda, Nelson is a long-time alumni administrator. Following
a two-year stint as associate director of alumni and admissions at Drake
University in Des Moines, he served from 1979-1987 as director of alumni
and parent programs at Drake. From 1988 to 1996, he was associate executive
director of the UI Alumni Association.
During his tenure at the UI, Nelson has managed the growth of several
alumni association programs. Most recently, he has worked with both the
alumni association staff and board members to implement an organizational
strategic planning process.
"Our mission is to provide services as a gateway for alumni to
strengthen their relationships with one another and with the university,"
he said. "We must continually review our programs and services to
ensure that the alumni association remains a viable organization for its
members and to ensure that we provide alumni and friends with the opportunity
to connect with the university."
"The alumni association is a bridge to the university," he
added. "Everything we do should enhance and advance the University