INSIDE IOWA STATE
June 29, 2001
To the editor:
In July, vice president for external affairs Murray Blackwelder is leaving
ISU and taking a big position at Purdue University to head up and oversee
the fund raising for Purdue President Martin Jischke. Blackwelder also has
just been approved as a governor for the ISU Foundation.
The question arises, will Blackwelder simultaneously be able to carry out
the overseeing of the ISU Foundation's fund raising and also be the head man
for fund raising at Purdue University? Is this a conflict of interest or
What is it with the ISU Foundation? On the one hand, they argue that their
records must be kept secret to protect the names of their donors and also to
keep other institutions from learning the methods that ISU uses to raise
funds. Yet, they deliberately make Blackwelder a member of the ISU
Foundation while he will be raising funds for Purdue. It certainly appears
that the ISU Foundation is inviting the fox into the hen house.
Frankly, I don't see how ISU alumni or anyone else can give money to the ISU
Foundation when it does things like this, along with dissolving its
connection to the university and becoming a private, secret organization.
-- John Robyt, ISU alumnus and professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular
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