Susan and Terry Mulligan

 Bonita Springs, Florida, and Lake Forest, Illinois

The University of Iowa Hawkeye men’s swimming and diving team has its first endowed athletic scholarship, thanks to a gift of $209,000 from UI alumni Terry J. and Susan Showers Mulligan of Bonita Springs, Fla. The gift, establishing the Terry and Susan Mulligan Swimming Scholarship, was made through the UI Foundation.

Terry, a member of the UI football team in the 1960’s, and his wife also gave $125,000 in 2006 to establish the Susan and Terry Mulligan Football Scholarship. This gift marked the first fully endowed football scholarship given by a Hawkeye football letter winner during his lifetime.

"Terry and Susan Mulligan have always been strong supporters of the UI, and we’re thrilled with their generous gift to the men’s swimming and diving program,” said Marc Long, UI men’s and women’s swimming and diving head coach. “Endowing a scholarship shows a tremendous commitment and helps ensure a solid financial future for our program. I’m very grateful for their loyalty and support.”

UI Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz said the Mulligan Scholarship—made as part of the Hawkeye Visions Endowment Program, which seeks to endow all UI athletics scholarships—will be an important part of the Hawkeyes’ future success.

“Terry and Susan’s faith in our program will benefit Hawkeye student-athletes for generations,” Ferentz said. “Their scholarship will help the UI stay competitive against the nation’s top programs.”

Gary Barta, the UI director of athletics, explained the importance of endowed scholarship support. “The Iowa Hawkeye athletics program is self-sustaining and receives no state funding,” Barta said. “We reimburse the university annually for every scholarship that the NCAA allows us to offer. The Mulligans’ endowed scholarship gifts allow us to direct annual resources to other essential needs. I can’t thank Terry and Susan enough for their thoughtful generosity.”

Terry Mulligan, a UI football letter winner, said the couple’s most recent gift grew out of respect for the swimming and diving program and optimism for its future; the UI swimming and diving teams will have a new home in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center when it opens in 2010.

“Coach Long and Gary Barta have worked hard to rebuild Hawkeye swimming and diving, and we’re excited to help,” Mulligan said. “Our son Jim was an All-American swimmer for the UI, and I know from my own experience as a Hawkeye football player how valuable participation in Iowa athletics can be for a student-athlete. We hope other former Hawkeyes will also lend their support to UI athletics.”

Terry, a three-time letterwinner who earned a B.S. degree in secondary education from Iowa in 1968, started at defensive end for the Hawkeyes in 1964, 1965, and 1966. Susan earned a B.A. degree in political science from the UI in 1967.

Their UI family ties are extensive. Terry’s great-grandfather and grandfather were UI law school alumni. Both of his and Susan’s sons are UI graduates: Dan Mulligan, of Morristown, N.J., earned a UI law degree in 1996, graduating with high distinction, and Jim Mulligan (1996 B.A.), of Urbandale, Iowa, was captain of the Hawkeye swim team.

Jim Mulligan’s wife, Tasha Reents Mulligan (1997 B.S., 1999 M.P.T.), was an All-American on the UI softball team. Terry Mulligan retired in 1996 as group vice president of medical-supplies company Baxter International. He is now vice chairman of MedAssets, a company providing financial services to healthcare providers worldwide, and serves on the board of directors for Wellmark Inc.

The UI presented Terry with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001, and he served on the UI Alumni Association’s board of directors for seven years, including two as chairman. He is a member of the UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business board of visitors, and both he and Susan are members of the UI Presidents Club, which recognizes the university’s most generous contributors.

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