Leonard and Marlene Hadley
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Through the years, Leonard “Len” (1958 B.S.C.) and Marlene Hadley of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have built strong and lasting connections to the University of Iowa. Leonard, who received a B.S.C. in accounting from the UI in 1958, closely followed Iowa athletics in the mid-1950s, while the Hawkeyes were winning two Rose Bowl games (1957 and 1959) and competing in two men’s basketball NCAA Final Fours (1955 and 1956). “If that doesn’t make you a Hawkeye fan, I don’t know what it would take,” says Len.
Leonard joined Newton, Iowa-based Maytag Corporation in 1959, rising through the ranks to lead the appliance giant as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer—a position from which he retired in 1999.
“Leonard Hadley is among the great business leaders in the state of Iowa, and certainly someone who embodies the UI Athletic Department’s mission: ‘Today’s Hawkeyes are Tomorrow’s Leaders’,” says University of Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta.
During his tenure at Maytag, Len Hadley was the consummate advocate for UI graduates. His involvement was key to attracting the UI Tippie MBA program to Newton and Des Moines in 1994. “The education I received was instrumental in my career at Maytag,” says Len. “UI professors were first rate, and smart classmates made the grade curve very challenging! You learned to apply yourself.”
The Hadleys are among the leading philanthropists who give to support the University of Iowa. In 2002 they established the Leonard and Marlene Hadley Center Football Scholarship Fund and the Leonard Hadley Professorship in the University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business. The couple also has provided additional, leadership-level support for Hancher, the Carver-Hawkeye Arena addition/renovation, glaucoma research in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and the Tippie College of Business. As a 20-year member of the University of Iowa Foundation Board and the Tippie College of Business Board of Visitors, Len also has given generously of his time and expertise as a visionary business leader to support the mission of the UI.
“My parents were victims of The Great Depression, so academic scholarship assistance and the G.I. Bill made me really appreciate what a helping hand means to a student. We’ve tried to pay it back,” says Len. “Our UI experience has been so complete that our interests cover academics, the arts, athletics, and health care. Our financial support has touched all of these areas,” says Marlene.