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Release: Aug. 31, 1999

Former Iowa Supreme Court justice to lead new Belin-Blank Advisory Board

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Belin-Blank Center's first-ever National Advisory Board will be headed by former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Mark McCormick and counts among its members former Iowa Lt. Gov. Joy Corning.

The board, which held its inaugural meeting July 23 on the campus of the University of Iowa, will provide advice and consultation on policy, programming and fundraising for the Belin-Blank Center, which is part of the University of Iowa's College of Education. It will next meet May 6, 2000, preceding a ceremony in which the Belin-Blank Center will formally recognize the new board and its members.

"I'm delighted that we have assembled such a distinguished and creative group to provide oversight and direction to the Belin-Blank Center," said McCormick, now a partner in the law firm of Belin Lamson McCormick Zumbach Flynn in Des Moines. "We're confident we can build on the center's excellent reputation."

Nicholas Colangelo, director of the Belin-Blank Center and an ex-officio member of the board, agreed.

"I am convinced that the advisory board will provide important leadership in the future of the Belin-Blank Center as well as the future of education for gifted students," he said.

Honorary co-chairs for the advisory board are Myron and Jacqueline N. Blank, founders of the Belin-Blank Center and president and vice president, respectively, of Central States Theatres in Des Moines.

In addition to McCormick and Corning, the board is composed of Thomas Belin, an associate professor of statistics at the University of California-Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Calif.; Roger Brooks, chair of AmerUs Group and president, chair and CEO of AmerUs Life Holdings Inc., Des Moines; Joanne Brown, associate professor of English at Drake University, Des Moines; Robert Burnett, retired chair and CEO of Meredith Corporation, Des Moines; University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman; Michael Gartner, editor and co-owner of The Ames Tribune, Des Moines; Ann Hoffman, facilitator and research associate for the Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas, Cedar Rapids; James Hoffman, president of Alliant Energy Resources and executive vice president of business development for Alliant Energy, Cedar Rapids; Michael New, president of the University of Iowa Foundation; Jeffrey Perry, a principal of Zweig-DiMenna Associates, Scarsdale, N.Y.; Traevena Potter-Hall, director of the Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans, Des Moines; Suku Radia, managing partner of the Des Moines office of KPMG; Jocelyn Wallace, patron of the Belin-Blank Center, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Ted Wheat, director of community relations and charitable activities for AmerUs Life Holdings Inc., Des Moines; and Ann York, vice president for operations at American College Testing Inc., Iowa City.

Ex-officio members of the advisory board include Colangelo and Belin-Blank Center Associate Director Susan Assouline; Sandra Bowman Damico, dean of the University of Iowa College of Education; Phillip Jones, vice president for student services at the University of Iowa; and Darrell Wyrick, president emeritus of the University of Iowa Foundation.