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UI Foundation announces Wyrick retirement and presidential search
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- At the annual fall meeting of the University of Iowa
Foundation board of directors, plans were announced for the retirement
of the foundation's president of 35 years, Darrell D. Wyrick, and the board
was informed of the search process for Wyrick's successor.
Wyrick, who will turn 64 in October, said he will resign as president
July 1, 1998, or as soon as a new president is in place, and no later than
Dec. 31, 1998. He will continue to serve the foundation as president emeritus,
working as a major gifts officer for five years or more, or as requested
by the new foundation president.
A presidential search committee appointed by foundation board chairman
David J. Fisher of Des Moines met for the first time this week and will
likely retain a national executive search firm to aid in the process.
The committee is chaired by board and executive committee member Carroll
J. Reasoner of Cedar Rapids, who is vice chair of the foundation. Other
foundation board members serving on the search committee include John W.
English of Summit, N.J.; Charles M. Kierscht of Hinsdale, Ill.; Jill N.
McLaughlin of Moline, Ill.; and Nancy B. Willis of Iowa City.
UI search committee members include Ann Rhodes, vice president for university
relations; Robert M. Kelch, dean of the College of Medicine; Richard K.
Miller, dean of the College of Engineering; and Wallace K. Chappell, director
of Hancher Auditorium. Fisher and UI president Mary Sue Coleman will serve
as ex officio members.
In other foundation board action, the following officers were reelected
for one-year terms: David J. Fisher, chair; Carroll J. Reasoner, vice
Robert W. Verhille, Cedar Rapids, vice chair; Darrell D. Wyrick, Iowa
City, president; Michael J. New, Iowa City, vice president for development
programs; Alan L. Swanson, Iowa City, vice president for communications
and administration, and secretary; and Larry C. Bruse, Iowa City, treasurer.
The following board members were reelected to one-year terms on the
board's executive committee: Robert W. Verhille; Jill N. McLaughlin; Carroll
J. Reasoner; Marvin C. Pomerantz, Des Moines; and James C. Hanson, Moline,
Ill. They will serve with executive committee ex-officio members Coleman
The University of Iowa Foundation was founded in 1956 as the preferred
channel for private support to all areas of the university. Foundation
staff work with alumni and friends to provide scholarships, professorships,
facilities, resources for equipment and technology, and other forms of
support. In early 1998, the foundation, UI Alumni Association, and UI
Division of Alumni Records and Services will relocate to the UI's new Levitt
Center for University Advancement, located just northwest of Hancher Auditorium
on the UI campus.