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Dec. 6, 1996

Three foundation president finalists named

by Skip Derra
Three finalists for the position of president of the Iowa State University Foundation visited campus in the last two weeks. The finalists are Donald R. Gray, University of Wisconsin Foundation, Madison; Thomas J. Mitchell, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb; and John Joe Mitchell, University of Northern Iowa Foundation, Cedar Falls.

The candidates met with various groups including deans, directors and other administrators during their visits.

Gray has been vice president of the University of Wisconsin Foundation since 1993. He is in charge of the development efforts of nine colleges and schools including the colleges of Engineering and Veterinary Medicine, the law school, UW Hospital and Clinics, and the medical school. Previously, Gray was senior director of development for the UW School of Business.

Gray has a B.S. in chemistry and mathematics (1964) from Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry (1970) from Michigan State University, East Lansing.

Thomas Mitchell has been the vice president for development and university relations at Northern Illinois since 1994. He is responsible for overall planning and administration of nine departments, including alumni relations, development, public affairs and special events. Previously, Mitchell was acting director for development and university relations and foundation executive director.

He has a B.S. in physical education and business administration (1977) from Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo., and an M.S. in educational administration (1990) from the University of Nebraska.

John Mitchell has been vice president for university advancement at the Northern Iowa since 1988. He is responsible for the offices of development, alumni relations, conferences and visitor services, and the UNI Foundation. Prior to holding his current position, Mitchell was vice president for development at Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, W. V.

He has a B.A. in history (1964) from Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia, an M.S. in education (1976) from Longwood College Farmville, Va., and a Ph.D. in education (1986) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg.

The position of president of the ISU Foundation previously was held by Murray Blackwelder, who was named vice president for external affairs in April.

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