Leadership


Lynette Marshall

President and Chief Executive Officer

Lynette Marshall is president and chief executive officer of the University of Iowa Center for Advancement and leads the organization’s mission to advance the University of Iowa through engagement and philanthropy. During her tenure, the organization has experienced record performance and growth and become a national leader in creating a campus culture of philanthropy.

Lynette provides leadership to several national groups, including the Association of Governing Boards, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the CASE 50 Steering Committee. She also currently serves as dean of the Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute. In 2017, she received the CASE Commonfund Award, which recognizes individuals who have made valuable contributions to the field through best practices, distinguished service, and volunteer leadership. In 2020, CASE honored her with the Frank L. Ashmore Award for Service to CASE and the Advancement Profession.

Lynette came to Iowa in 2006 after 25 years in fundraising at her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including two years as associate chancellor for development. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural science and a master’s in educational policy studies. Lynette grew up on a fifth-generation family farm near Peoria, Illinois. She and her husband, Jeffery Ford, have two adult children, Michael and Katharine.


Sheila Baldwin

Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Development

As senior vice president for Health Sciences Development, Sheila oversees fundraising for University of Iowa Health Care—which includes the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, UI Hospitals & Clinics, and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital—as well as the Colleges of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health. Raising funds for the UI since 1999, Baldwin has served in several positions in health sciences development, most recently as chief fundraiser for UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. She received a bachelor’s degree from the UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business and, as a student, was a founding member of UI Dance Marathon.


Diane Brownlee

Vice President for Legal

As vice president for Legal, Diane is responsible for overseeing general legal work and providing legal guidance and solutions to support the organization’s mission of advancing the University of Iowa through engagement and philanthropy. Diane joined the organization in 2012. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska Kearney and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. She served as a law clerk for the Hon. Laura D. Stith, former judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri, and immediately prior to joining the UI Center for Advancement was the contracts manager, clinical trials office, at Oregon Health & Science University. She is a member of the bar in Iowa, Missouri, and Oregon.


Kent Clark

Vice President for Main Campus Development, Data Analytics

As vice president for Main Campus Development, Kent oversees fundraising for the UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and six academic colleges (Henry B. Tippie College of Business, Graduate College, and the Colleges of Law, Engineering, Education, and Liberal Arts and Sciences). He also supervises fundraising for noncollegiate programs (UI Libraries, the UI Stanley Museum of Art, Hancher, Division of Student Life, International Programs, and Regional Major Gifts). In addition to frontline fundraising, Kent oversees the Department of Constituent Insights and Analytics, comprised of Data Analytics, Prospect Research and Development, and Annual Giving.

Before joining the organization in 2015, Kent served in advancement executive roles at Minnesota State University, Mankato; California State University, Fresno; and Utah State University. He received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Michigan State University and a master’s in biblical studies from Cincinnati Christian University.


Colin Hennessy

Vice President for Alumni and Donor Engagement

As vice president for Alumni and Donor Engagement, Colin leads a team dedicated to supporting the University of Iowa through thoughtful and innovative engagement and programming—overseeing alumni engagement, communication and marketing, events, and stewardship efforts.

Before joining the UI Center for Advancement in 2022, Colin held positions at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago, and most recently, was senior vice president at the fundraising management consulting firm Grenzebach Glier and Associates. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communication and media studies from the University of Iowa, master’s degrees in adult and distance education from the University of Phoenix and public policy and administration from Iowa State University, and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.


Kurt Langel

Vice President for Talent Management

As vice president for Talent Management, Kurt oversees talent management strategies, products, services, and support that are designed to attract, retain, develop, and reward highly skilled professionals who are committed to the mission and culture of the UI Center for Advancement. His tenure includes domestic and international experience in manufacturing, telecommunications, health care, education, and aerospace, in both union and non-union environments. Prior to joining the organization in 2022, Kurt served in human resources roles at various institutions, most recently, at the University of Iowa. Kurt received a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Central College and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from St. Ambrose University. He is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) with an operations management background and Lean Six Sigma certification.


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A celebrated conductor returns to the School of Music to inspire the newest crop of Iowa musicians. PHOTO: Miranda Meyer Ann Howard Jones serves as guest conductor for the UI's Kantorei choral ensemble and the University Choir on March 8 in Voxman Music Building. From Boston to Brazil, Ann Howard Jones has guided generations of budding musicians who, like her, have gone on to reach some of the world's biggest stages. Now in retirement, the influential conductor continues to inspire students, particularly in her home state of Iowa. PHOTO: Miranda Meyer Ann Howard Jones leads the UI's Kantorei choral ensemble and the University Choir on March 8 in Voxman Music Building. One of the conducting world's most admired educators, Jones (64BM, 66MA, 84DMA) returned to the University of Iowa last month as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences alumni fellow. Jones served as guest conductor in a rousing performance by the UI's Kantorei choral ensemble and the University Choir in Voxman Music Building, where she shared the baton with UI director of choral activities Timothy Stalter. During her visit, Jones also hosted a film screening of Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices, a documentary about her former mentor, and spent time with School of Music students in the classroom. Jones made a name for herself as assistant conductor to the famed Robert Shaw with the Atlanta Symphony from 1984 to 1998 and served as director of choral activities at Boston University for 23 years. Her r?sum? also includes a Fulbright professorship in Brazil and numerous honors from the nation's leading choral organizations. Since retiring from Boston University in 2016, Jones has served as a visiting professor at colleges around the country. A native of the small northeast Iowa town of Cresco, Jones was often the only woman in her conducting classes when she came to the UI in the 1960s. A female conductor from the Midwest didn't exactly have an inside track to Carnegie Hall, but Jones had a couple advantages: her world-class education from the UI and a fearless will to succeed. Now, she's giving back to her alma mater. Jones recently established the Ann Howard Jones Vocal Ensemble Residency Program, which brings a group of professional singers to the UI each fall to perform and teach. The program debuted last year with a residency by Lorelei Ensemble, an all-female group from Boston. Jones is also in the process of donating her extensive collection of music, books, and memorabilia to the UI Rita Benton Music Library. Iowa Magazine sat down with Jones during her recent visit to Voxman. Here's our conversation, edited for length and clarity. You retired a few years ago, but it doesn't sound like you've slowed down much. You think, "What if the phone doesn't ring ever again? What will I do with myself?" But somehow I'm saying no to more things than I can say yes to. I've had the opportunity to go a lot of different places, which has been very interesting. Sometimes I'm teaching a conducting class, sometimes I'm teaching individual students, sometimes I'm supervising recitals. What I like is the challenge of figuring out what the situation needs that I can provide?what the student needs that I can help with. And I get to see what's going on in my field all over the country. How did the new residency you're sponsoring at the UI take shape? I've had this idea for a long time that it would be wonderful to bring excellent vocal chamber music to the students because of the outstanding vocal talent here in Iowa. It gives students an opportunity to see that it's possible to have a career as a singer in a small ensemble. You don't have to be a music teacher or an opera star?although you can be. But this is another opportunity. The residency is not just a performance, it's also master classes and lectures. In the case of Lorelei, the leader gave a lecture on women's choral music to students in the graduate conducting program. The interchange with students and faculty is a very important part of this. When you were starting out, were there many opportunities for female conductors? Let's put it this way, when I was here in graduate school, I took a class in orchestral conducting with Professor James Dixon (52BM, 56MA), who led the orchestra here for years. I was the only woman. And in the choral conducting classes, there were only two of us. We recently had a national conference in my field in Kansas City, and I would say there's an increasing presence of women, although not so many at the highest levels. We used to be able to count on one hand the number of people who were the directors of choral activities at big, doctoral degree-granting institutions. There might be 10 now. But women are at least in the mix. Do you have a favorite memory performing with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony? The whole chorus and orchestra from Atlanta once went to East Berlin to sing in the Schauspielhaus before the wall came down. That's nine busloads of Americans crossing Checkpoint Charlie. That concert was a stunner. We did Beethoven's Ninth. When we got to "Freunde" (friend) and "Br?der" (brother), people were weeping at the concept of brotherhood and peace when, here they were, so shackled. When someone comes and brings that message through great art, it's powerful. It's a phenomenon that no matter what the context, art will always prevail. How did your training at the UI set the stage for your career? First of all, the instruction here was superb. I had great voice teaching, every type of literature imaginable, and great conducting classes. The University of Iowa's program in choral conducting was one of the first three in the country. The first was in Southern California, the second was in Illinois, and the third was here. So Iowa has been a leader in this field forever. We had students from all over the world, and there was something about the reach of this institution that was extremely important to me. We never did anything casually, and maybe that's the Iowa way?we're very serious about what we do here, and that carried over to music performance, certainly. How did you get involved with music as a kid? I grew up in Cresco, Iowa. A little over 3,000 people. It's a little place, but in that crazy town, there were four navy admirals, the first stewardess ever, two Olympic wrestlers, and about 10 wrestling national champions. The crowning glory is our Nobel Peace Prize winner, Norman Borlaug. This is a sensational little place where the groundwork was laid for me and many others that you just don't go through life and not strive. Everybody did music and everybody did athletics, because if you didn't do it, the activity couldn't exist because there were so few of us. We all acted in the plays, sang, wrote for the newspaper, and played in the band. And it was all at a really high level for such a small school. Can you tell me about the collection you're donating to the School of Music's library? I have a library full of books and scores and CDs that I thought I could just parcel out to my students. But then I thought there might be value in showing a doctoral student what a working musician's library looks like. The librarian at Iowa said, "We'll take everything you've got." One of the things going to the library is a collections of scores with Robert Shaw's markings, which is valuable to people who want to know his thinking. He was the leader in our profession through the entire last half of the 20th century. My collection isn't enormously valuable, but it makes me feel good to not throw it away. Why is it important for you to support the UI? In these days of such destructive attitudes and behavior, if we don't keep shoring up our wonderful institutions of learning, I don't know where we'll be. I've always been a big supporter of education at the highest possible level. The life of the mind has always been so important to me, and institutions like this one must stay strong. I don't know what you do in a state like this where the regents have less and less money, and the president of this university said there's not too much new money that's coming into the institution, so most of what we do that's innovative will be philanthropic. That clicked with me, and I thought, "I can't do much but I can do a little." I'll be behind this institution forever. Now that you're retired, how would you like to be remembered? You get to be a certain age, and you wonder, what's my legacy? It's not so much that my legacy is important, but you'd like to think you've lived a hardworking life and you've had something of value to give. I ran a doctoral program at Boston University for 23 years, and the number of students who came through there and have now found themselves in positions of leadership at colleges and universities around the country is astounding. I try to go to as many concerts as I can to check up on them. When I think about all the places I've been able to go because of my career?South Korea, Australia, Europe, Brazil?it's unbelievable. I came from the dinky town of Cresco, Iowa. I was just never satisfied to do the ordinary. Support?the UI School of Music.

Iowa alumni with shared connections are invited to join an affinity group. Some of these organizations are an extension of student interests, like Alumni Band or Dance Marathon Alumni Group.

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