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Keeping the tradition of giving alive

September 12, 2019 - 9:00am
UNIBusiness Editor
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The University of Northern Iowa has been an integral part of the Cuddeback family.

Jim Cuddeback, who graduated from UNI in 1970 with a degree in science, met his wife, Jane (Education ’70), at the school. Their children, Jeff (Finance '97) and Jared (Finance '99), received finance degrees in 1997 and 1999, respectively. Jared met his wife, Elizabeth at UNI as well.

UNI also provided the family with successful and satisfying careers. Jim worked in teaching for four years before farming with his father. Jane taught for 25 years. Jeff and Jared both work in the real estate industry.

“The school has been very good to our family,” Jim said. “It provided two generations with good education that prepared us for our careers. We feel that was quite important and quite helpful for us.”

Over the years, Jim and Jane made smaller, annual contributions to UNI but now they are in the process of setting up a scholarship in the family name. Both Jim and Jane lived and worked in the Washington, Iowa, area, so the money will be aimed toward students from the area pursuing a career in teaching.

It’s the least the Cuddeback family feels it can do for as much as the school has done for the family.

“We feel like if we can afford to help out a little bit, we’d like to do that,” Jim said. “I’m 70 years old, so it’s time for me to think about giving back. Our family has been fortunate, and life has treated us well—UNI has treated us well—so we’re hoping to help some by giving to other people.”

UNIBusiness thanks the Cuddeback family for your generous contributions to the University of Northern Iowa and the College of Business Administration.


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