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Barb Thomas
Executive Director, Communication, Alumni and External Relations
Contact
319-335-2188
Office
C120B Pappajohn Business Building (PBB)
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
Media Relations
Print Publications
Awards 
Award for Publication Excellence , APEX, September 2014
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 and 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 
Iowa City Noon Rotary, 2014 - Current
AACSB Public Relations in Management Education (PRIME) Affinity Group, 2003 - Current
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), 2003 - Current
UI Foundation Strategic Planning Sub-committee on Enhancing Advancement Collaboration, 2015
Strategic Partnership Committee, 2014 - 2015
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