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Barbara G. Thomas

Executive Director, Communication, Alumni and External Relations


Dean's Office
C120B  John Pappajohn Bus Bldg
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1994
Ph: 319-335-2188
Fax: 319-335-0860
E-mail: barbara-thomas-2@uiowa.edu

Academic History

  • MBA, The University of Iowa, 2011
  • BA in Speech, Communications and Theatre, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 1985
  • BFA in Art, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 1985
  • BFA in Theater, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 1985

Expertise

  • Alumni and External Relations
  • Event Planning
  • Marketing
  • Media Relations
  • Print Publications

Awards

  • Award of Excellence for the Tippie College Website, APEX, 2010
  • National Bronze Award For Individual Special Event, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), 2008
  • Advertising Federation of Cedar Rapids, Silver Addy for the Winter 2005 issue of Business at Iowa, 1999
  • National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) Gold Medallion Award for College Catalog. District competition, 1979
  • National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) Bronze Paragon Award for Annual Report. National competition, 1978

              Current & Prior Positions

              • Executive Director, Communication and Alumni and External Relations, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa, January 2014 - Present
              • Director, Communication and External Relations, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa, August 2005 - December 2013
              • Director of Publications, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa, August 2001 - July 2005
              • Public Information Specialist, Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI, 1997 - 2001
              • Director of Marketing, Madison Repertory Theatre; Madison, WI, 1994 - 1997
              • Director of Public Relations and Marketing , Victory Gardens Theater; Chicago, IL, 1991 - 1994
              • Assistant Director of Public Relations, The Museum of Contemporary Art; Chicago, IL, 1990 - 1991
              • Marketing Assistant, Chicago Children's Museum; Chicago, IL, 1988 - 1990

                  Presentations

                  • Professional Communications, Pomerantz Career Center's Senior Conference, February 2007
                  • E-Newsletters, AACSB Conference for Communicators and Advancement Professionals, March 2006
                  • Media Relations for Non-Profit Organizations, Jaycee Educational Conference, January 2000

                    Committees and Professional Service

                    • AACSB Public Relations in Management Education (PRIME) Affinity Group, 2003-current
                    • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), 2003-current
                    • Women in Business Advisor, University of Iowa Chapter, 2012-2013
                    • Search Committee, School of Management Marketing Director, 2013
                    • Iowa Women's Leadership Conference, 2012
                    • Search Committee, Executive MBA Director, 2011
                    • UI Graphic Identity Committee, 2002-2010
                    • Search Committee, Vice President for Strategic Communications, 2009-2010
                    • University of Iowa Online Community Initiative, 2001-2008
                    • Hancher Auditorium Committee, Chair 2005-06, 2005-2007
                    • Tippie College Elected Staff Council (ESC), 2003-2005
                    • Search Committee, Business Communications Center Director, 2002
                    • Search Committee, Dual Career Network Program Associate, 2002
                    • Art Selection Committee, Pomerantz Center, 2001-2002
                    • Big Ten TV Channel Committee, 2000-2002
                    • National Council for Public Relations and Markieting (NCMPR), 1997-2001
                    • Wisconsin Communications Council Inc., 1997-2001
                    • Hawkeyes in Chicago Committee, 1998-2000
                    • Search Committee, Carver College of Medicine Alumni Position, 1998-1999
                    • Search Committee, Associate Dean Search, Undergraduate Program Office, 1996
                    • Search Committee, University Publications Designer, 1996
                    • Search Committee, Pomerantz Career Center Alumni Advisor Position, 1981-1996

                    Additional Training

                    • Persuasive Development Writing, Continuing Education, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), 2013
                    • Building B-Schools: Development and Communications Conference, Attended Conference, AACSB, 2008
                    • Institute for Integrated Marketing and Branding, Continuing Education, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, 2007
                    • Building B-Schools: Development and Communications Conference, Attended Conference, AACSB, 2006
                    • Public and Media Relations/Business School Development, Attended Conference, AACSB, 2004
                    • AACSB Public and Media Relations Conference, Attended Conference, AACSB, 2003
                    • The University of Iowa Management Series, 2003