Dierks, Vice President, University of Iowa Foundation. David Dierks has been serving the University of Iowa community—service that includes work with six presidents and four interim presidents for the UI—since joining the University of Iowa Foundation (UIF) in 1973. David established, and then managed, the UIF’s Planned and Major Gifts Program in 1973 before taking over responsibility for the direction and administration of all major gift activity in 1999. Among David’s notable contributions to the UI community in his work with principal donors was raising more than $6 million to build the Philip D. Adler School of Journalism and Mass Communication Building. In addition to his direct work with the UI, David has made numerous contributions to the larger community through his service as a member on several boards, an honor society advisor, a speaker, and a contributing writer for several publications.