Thomas Mitchell, ISU Foundation, 515-294-4607
Steve Sullivan, News Service, 515-294-3720
ISU FOUNDATION NAMES NEW GOVERNORS, BOARD MEMBERS
AMES, Iowa -- During its biannual fall meeting, the Iowa State University Foundation announced the election of four individuals to the Board of Directors and the appointment of eight individuals as Governors.
ISU Foundation Board of Directors
ISU Foundation Governors
- Jack Cosgrove, Cedar Rapids, the president of Rockwell Collins, a division of Rockwell International, begins his first term to the Board of Directors. An ISU Foundation Governor since 1989, Cosgrove graduated with an electrical engineering degree from ISU in 1956. He and wife, Dillam serve on the national committee for "Campaign Destiny: To Become the Best." In 1986, they were named ISU Parents of the Year. In 1987, Jack Cosgrove received the Distinguished Alumni Citation and in 1997 was named Cy's Favorite Alum.
- Gary Thompson, Ames, president and owner of Gary Thompson Oil Co. and Cyclone sports broadcaster, begins his second term to the Board of Directors. Thompson, a 1957 graduate, was Iowa State's first two-sports All-American and in 1997, became one of the inaugural members of its Athletic Hall of Fame. He is a past director of the ISU Alumni Association, receiving its Young Alumnus Recognition Award in 1970. Thompson served on the national committee for the Partnership for Prominence Campaign.
- Diane Greenlee, Boulder, Colo., who was appointed to the board by ISU President Martin Jischke. Greenlee and her husband, Bob, made a $9-million challenge gift enabling ISU to create its first named school, the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. Successful venture capitalists, they have launched several new companies including radio stations, casinos, and the Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant chain. The 1966 ISU graduate serves on the Journalism Advisory Council and on the Campaign Destiny national committee.
- Mary Beukema Harms, Ames, who serves after being past president of the ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Harms earned degrees from Iowa State in 1973, 1979 and 1989. She is a marketing instructor in the College of Business, coordinator for college marketing internships, and director of the "Exploring Opportunities for Our Future Conference" for high school women. She is owner of a gift shop, Meggie's and co-founder and former owner of T. Galaxy. She has received numerous local and regional honors for her entrepreneurial activities.
The ISU Foundation's mission is to secure and manage private gifts for Iowa State. Its vision is to become the best land-grant university foundation in the nation. Its fund-raising activities are directed by the more than 200 individuals who serve as active and emeritus Governors. In July, the Foundation announced its second record-setting fiscal year of $100-plus million gifts. Another record was announced Sept. 18. Campaign Destiny: To Become the Best, the largest fund-raising effort in ISU history, had surpassed the $300 million mark. A new goal was set at $425 million for the five-year campaign's scheduled completion June 30, 2000.
- Joe Baker, Johnston, also the first recipient of the Foundation's Young Alumni Award. Baker has been an active volunteer with his community and the College of Agriculture. In addition, he serves on the boards of trustees for the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and the National Symphony Orchestra.
- Lyle Campbell, Paradise Valley, Ariz., the chief executive officer of Founder's Bank of Arizona. Campbell has stayed active with his alma mater since receiving a bachelor's degree in agricultural business in 1966. In addition to being a former Iowa State Ambassador and serving on the ISU Economics Advisory Council, he also chaired the Chicago component of the Partnership for Prominence Campaign.
- Marilyn Kollmorgen, Urbandale, who also brings a history of active volunteerism with her community and Iowa State. A 1958 household equipment graduate, Kollmorgen has assisted with Iowa Methodist Health Foundation, Living History Farms, Urbandale City Council, Polk County Medical Auxiliary, and the Urbandale school board.
- Mike LaMair, Des Moines, the president and chief executive officer of LaMair Mulock Condon. A 1956 industrial administration graduate, LaMair has received the ISU Citation of Achievement. An active volunteer also for the Partnership for Prominence Campaign, LaMair serves on the College of Business Dean's Advisory Council.
- Scott Olson, Cedar Rapids, architect and consultant with Skogman Realty. The 1969 architecture graduate is an Iowa State Ambassador. He served as president of the ISU Alumni Association's Board of Directors in 1996-97.
- Sheryl Sunderman, Alamo, Calif., managing partner with Pacific Southwest Communications Industry, Arthur Andersen Consulting. She earned a bachelor's degree from Iowa State in industrial administration in 1976. An active volunteer for professional business women in California, the National Association of Down's Syndrome, and American Field Services, Sunderman received the College of Business Citation of Achievement in 1977.
- Donna Whitney, Los Altos, Calif., a retired real estate developer. President of the Whitney Education Foundation, she serves on the ISU Foundation Board of Directors as an Alumni Association appointee. Her late husband, Tom, earned three degrees from ISU in the early 1960s and also was a Governor.
- Thomas Whitson, McClelland, president and chief executive officer of Peoples National Bank. The 1963 agricultural business graduate also served as president of the Iowa Bankers Association from 1990-91. He received the Service "I" Award in 1974, is past president of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Alumni Association Chapter, and served as chair of the Omaha/Council Bluffs regional component of the Partnership for Prominence Campaign.
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