UW Foundation Board Announces New Leadership

June 29, 2012
Clayton Hartman and Scott Neu

Two University of Wyoming Foundation Board of Directors members will begin new leadership roles effective July 1.

Vice Chair Clayton Hartman will assume the duties of chair, and Scott Neu, chair of the budget/audit committee, is vice chair. The current chair, Greg Dyekman, will transition to the role of emeritus member of the board.

“The UW Foundation Board plays a critical role in elevating UW’s private support programs,” says Ben Blalock, UW Foundation president. “Greg Dyekman has led the foundation to new heights during his term as board chair, and the UW Foundation Board’s commitment to excellence is further evidenced by the board’s election of Clayton and Scott as board chair and vice chair. Clayton and Scott are remarkable leaders.”

Hartman, investment manager and philanthropist, is senior vice president for investments for UBS Financial Services and formerly worked at Smith Barney as senior vice president for wealth management.

He has 31 years of experience in the complex needs of high-net-worth individuals, family foundations, endowments and business owners, encompassing the assessment and reduction of risk and the creation of portfolio management and wealth preservation strategies, as well as asset allocation advice using both traditional and alternative investments. Last year, he was named one of Barron’s Top 1,000 financial advisers.

“It is exciting times for the UW Foundation and the University of Wyoming as the UW Foundation works in partnership with the university on important UW priorities, including the Wyoming Governor’s Energy, Engineering, STEM Integration Task Force, and the UW Gateway Center,” Hartman says. “I am privileged and happy to do my part to help in these efforts to support UW, the faculty and staff, and the students. In the end, our work at the UW Foundation is about helping the students.”

Neu is vice president of the investment management division of Goldman, Sachs and Company. While in the U.S. Navy, Neu served as a nuclear reactor operator and instructor, and was the Associated Students of UW president in 1997-1998. As an undergraduate, Neu received the Tobin Award, which is given to top graduating man based on scholarship, leadership and contribution to the campus community.

Dyekman, a Cheyenne attorney and philanthropist, received the high “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell and was included in the list of Best Lawyers in America. He serves on numerous nonprofit organization boards, most often as an officer.

Dyekman chairs the State Bar’s law school liaison committee and is a UW College of Law adjunct professor in creditors’ rights and bankruptcy. In 2009, he was inducted into the Wyoming Debate Hall of Fame.

“I have been fortunate to serve as chairman of this amazing board during a period of impressive generosity by supporters of our university,” Dyekman says. “It has been my privilege to serve for nine years with fellow board members that are extraordinarily talented, committed and hard working. I look forward to further service as an emeritus member of the board and wish Clayton and Scott the very best as they offer their leadership at this time of great opportunity.”

The UW Foundation has been a partner with UW for 50 years -- enhancing excellence and distinction by securing private resources, delivering superior stewardship, and creating enduring relationships with those who share pride in the state’s only four-year university.

Through the generosity of many alumni and friends, the UW Foundation has raised an average of $38 million in private support each of the past five years – “money that goes to students, faculty, staff and programs that support them,” Blalock says.

“This private giving supports UW in its desire to be become the nation’s finest land-grant university,” he adds.

“Exceptional leaders are required to guide such a distinguished team as the UW Foundation Board of Directors,” Blalock says. “It has been a privilege and pleasure for me to work closely with Clayton and Scott on UW’s behalf now for many years. The UW Foundation will benefit greatly from the expertise that Clayton and Scott bring to their board leadership roles.”

“We have the strongest Board of Directors ever, with many qualified and talented leaders,” Hartman adds. “I am optimistic about the future goals and vision of the foundation as it works as a strategic partner with UW. An important part of this partnership and the new UW Gateway Center is to help our students work to monetize what they have learned and put their education to work for themselves and their future.”

Members of the UW Foundation Board represent extensive and broad-based expertise in the areas of finance, politics, energy/engineering, philanthropy, law and many other fields.

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