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Lynette Marshall

Lynette Marshall

President/CEO | U of Iowa Foundation | Class of 1983

Leave it to a former 4H-er — and the 1981 National Pork Queen — to choose famous farmland as her favorite UI spot.

"I love the Morrow Plots' historic significance, the consecutive years of agriculture research and demonstration in the very heart of our campus, and just how they made this farm girl feel at home," says Lynette Marshall, now president and CEO of the University of Iowa Foundation.

"I loved seeing the seasons change in that tiny little historic field — the tilling of the soil in the spring and the young green shoots that signaled growth to come.

"And, of course, my favorite Other Guys' lyrics were: 'You don't throw shade on the corn, it'll die as sure as you're born, no sir-ee, we don't mess around, our library's underground, you don't throw shade on the corn.'"

Marshall's Illini ties run deep — in addition to earning her bachelor's (1983) and master's (2000) here, she served as a fundraiser (1983-2006) and associate chancellor for development (2004-06).

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