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Inside Iowa State
Dec. 20, 1996

Mitchell to head ISU Foundation

by Skip Derra
Thomas J. Mitchell has been named president of the ISU Foundation. Mitchell, who has been vice president for develop-ment and university relations at Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, will start by Feb. 1, 1997.

"We are extremely pleased that Tom has agreed to lead the ISU Foundation," said External Affairs Vice President Murray Blackwelder. "This is a very important time for the foundation, which is in the midst of the largest capital campaign ever for Iowa State. Tom has the ability and experience to direct this large campaign and enhance the foundation's drive for the $300 million goal of Campaign Destiny."

Campaign Destiny's focus is to provide funds for teaching, research and outreach efforts that will help ISU reach its goal of becoming the best land-grant university in the nation.

Mitchell has been at Northern Illinois since 1990 and has been the vice president for development and university relations and the foundation president since 1994. In this position, he has been responsible for overall planning and administration of nine departments, including alumni relations, development, public affairs and special events.

Previously, Mitchell was the acting director for development and university relations and foundation executive director.

Mitchell has a B.S. in physical education and business administration (1977) from Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, and an M.S. in educational administration (1990) from the University of Nebraska. He is scheduled to complete his Ph.D. in leadership and educational policy studies from Northern Illinois University in 1997.

Blackwelder previously served as president of the ISU Foundation.

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