Richard and Jeanne Levitt

Richard S. and Jeanne S. Levitt

Richard: 1930—2017
  • Richard Levitt is a UI graduate with a bachelor's degree in economics (1952) and a J.D. degree (1954)
  • Jeanne is a UI graduate with a B.S. degree in journalism and mass communication (1952)
  • Dick Levitt held several key leadership and executive positions at the former Norwest Corporation (now Wells Fargo) in Minneapolis before his retirement from that company in 1987 and served as chairman and chief executive officer of the Nellis Corporation in Rockville, Md.
  • Jeanne Levitt served as a trustee of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and a member of the Board of Governors of the Museum of Arts and Design (formerly the American Craft Museum) in New York City
  • The Levitt Center for University Advancement, which houses the UI Foundation and the UI Alumni Association, was named in honor of the Levitts' lead gift for the building in 1995
  • Both of the Levitts have received UI Distinguished Alumni Awards and have served on numerous university campaigns and committees.
  • Richard Levitt is a lifetime honorary director of the University of Iowa Foundation Board of Directors and of the board of the Iowa Law School Foundation (which raises private support for the UI College of Law), and both are members of the University of Iowa Presidents Club Platinum, which recognizes the UI’s most generous contributors.

Building Information

Street Address
1 East Park Road
Year built

The Levitt Center for University Advancement anchors the northern edge of the Arts Campus. From this vantage point, the site offers impressive views of the Iowa River and the University. Given its outreach-related functions and work that stretches beyond the borders of the campus, the building is well situated near the Dubuque Street exit from Interstate 80. The facility is named for Richard S. and Jeanne S. Levitt, two of the UI’s most generous benefactors, and houses the University of Iowa Foundation and the University of Iowa Alumni Association, the University’s primary fund-raising and alumni relations programs, respectively. Accordingly, the Levitt Center was funded with private gifts.