Names: Dan and Penni McMillan
Position: Dan is director of communications in the College of Public Health.
Background at Iowa: Dan received a BA in journalism and mass communication in 1987. Employed at the University since 1989, he worked for two years as editor in the College of Medicine’s urology department and then in the college’s preventive medicine department for eight years. He has been the College of Public Health’s director of communications since the college’s inception in 1999.
Beneficiaries of the McMillians’ gifts to the University: School of Journalism and Mass Communication scholarship fund; WSUI/KSUI.
Why they contribute: “The University of Iowa makes Iowa City a very special place to live and raise a family,” Dan says. “The University is not just the place where I’m employed, or where my wife, Penni, was employed prior to having children. The institution is an important part of the life of our family. Our kids were born in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and we continue to receive health care services there. We attend University athletic events, theater productions, music recitals, and art exhibits. The UI-affiliated public radio stations are the stations we listen to. We even watch the Fourth of July fireworks on the lawn at Hancher Auditorium.
“I was fortunate to receive generous scholarship support during my years in school. In a personal way, I realize how important those scholarship funds are to students. My interest in journalism also underlies my support for the radio stations, which provide an indispensable news and cultural service to the people of Iowa.”
To find out more about the University’s $1 billion Good. Better. Best.Iowa: The Campaign to Advance Our Great University capital campaign, see www.uifoundation.org/campaign/campus.