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Release: Jan. 21, 2000

UI Foundation announces staff promotions and new hires

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Foundation has announced the promotion of four executive staff members and the hiring of several to fill standing vacancies or new positions.

The changes reflect increased fund-raising activity on behalf of the University of Iowa, according to Alan Swanson, the foundation's senior vice president for development services. "These promotions and staff additions will enhance our ability to meet the university's growing need for private support, he said. "And private support plays a vital role in the excellence for which the UI is widely known."

Changes in the foundation's annual giving department:

Anthony Arrington, telefund calling center supervisor since 1998, has been promoted to assistant director of annual giving programs and will oversee telefund calling center operations. Under his supervision the 1999 telefund effort set a new solicitation record, raising more than $1 million in gifts. The Cedar Rapids native is a 1992 graduate of the University of Iowa with a B.A. degree in communication studies. He was previously program manager of annual funds for the University of California at Los Angeles.

Beth Nobles has been promoted to assistant director of annual giving programs. The Riverside, Iowa, resident received a B.A. degree in arts administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked for the foundation since 1985. In her prior position as telefund manager, she achieved substantial growth in its fund-raising capabilities and was responsible for spearheading and managing the department's automation. She has most recently served as an annual giving specialist.

Anne Heilemann of Boulder, Colo., has been hired as assistant director of annual giving programs. Heilemann received an M.A. degree in integrated marketing communications from the University of Colorado and a B.A. degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa. In addition to working with the Office of Institutional Relations at the University of Colorado, she has served at the University of Iowa's Health Science Relations office, University News Services, and at the University of Iowa Foundation.

The foundation's gift planning team has made several staffing changes:

Susan Cray has been hired as associate director of gift planning. Cray received a B.A. degree in Russian and history from the UI and a J.D. degree from the Iowa Law School. She practiced law with the firm of Godfrey & Kahn in Milwaukee and worked as a trust officer with Mercantile Bank in Iowa City. Cray will work with the university's alumni and friends in creating gift plans.

Dana L. Williams is the foundation's new assistant director of gift planning. Williams received a B.S. degree in psychology from the UI and worked for several UI programs, including the Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office and the College of Engineering's Center for Computer Aided Design.

Staff enhancements in the foundation's fund-raising team for the UI College of Medicine and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics include:

Todd Reding, promoted to director of development for departmental campaigns for the UI College of Medicine and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Reding has served as associate director of development since 1998. He is a graduate of Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Mo., where he received a B.A. degree in English and history. He was previously director of development at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts.

Sheila Baldwin of Iowa City has joined the Foundation as assistant director of development for departmental campaigns for the UI College of Medicine and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Baldwin received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the UI. She was chapter relations director of ARMA International, the association for information management professionals, and was marketing and public relations assistant for the Children's Miracle Network.

The foundation has hired new staff in information technology, corporate and foundation relations, and special university initiatives:

Steve Troester has joined the foundation as director of information technology. He earned a B.B.A. degree in management information systems from the UI and has worked in several UI positions, including systems analyst for the College of Business and for the department of orthopaedic surgery, and senior computer consultant for the department of preventive medicine and environmental health (now the College of Public Health). Before joining the foundation, Troester was director of information systems for the UI College of Liberal Arts.

Viana Rockel has been hired as assistant director of corporate and foundation relations. She received a B.S. degree in mass communications from the University of Southern Colorado and an M.S. degree in higher education from Iowa State University. She was marketing director for Pueblo Community College and assistant to the senior vice president of Drake University. Her position will focus on funder relationships and proposal development.

Tom DePrenger has been promoted from associate director of gift planning to the newly created position of director of development, special university initiatives. The Iowa City resident graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.S. degree in recreation and received an M.A. degree in counseling from the University of South Dakota. DePrenger joined the UI Foundation in 1996 after serving in several UI positions, including coordinator of orientation services and assistant director of admissions. In his new role, DePrenger will direct efforts to generate private support for presidential scholarships and other university-wide student aid.

The University of Iowa Foundation, organized in 1956, is the preferred channel of support for private gifts to all areas of the University of Iowa.