Daniel and Beth Stence
“Our time as students at Iowa was such a transformative period in our lives. I hope others recognize the unique opportunity that giving to the University of Iowa has in influencing that awesome stage of life. So many people are impacted by experiences here, and being able to contribute to that special time in people’s lives is pretty powerful.”
Since meeting at a fraternity on the University of Iowa campus more than 40 years ago, Daniel (1976 B.B.A.) and Beth (1977 B.A.) Stence have always had fond memories of their time spent in Iowa City. “It’s where we met, fell in love, and got engaged,” said Daniel Stence.
While the Stences maintained a strong connection to the UI after leaving campus—attending home football and men’s basketball games, as well as Beth Stence serving on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board—a move back to Iowa City in 2007 strengthened their love for the Hawkeyes. “I’m a very symmetrical person,” Beth Stence said. “We started our lives here in Iowa City, and now we’ve chosen to retire here. Since we’re both curious people—and the University of Iowa has so much going on—we now have ample opportunities to go and learn new things every day.”
Since the Stences retired in 2014—Daniel Stence from IBM as a software seller and Beth Stence from Wells Fargo as a project manager—their love and involvement on campus and around Iowa City has only grown. Whether it’s countless athletics events, Hancher, or Old Capitol Museum, their support across the university has been evident. “People have commented that we give to more diverse interests than most people do, but we have so many likes and so many areas where we see a need,” Daniel Stence said.
While the Stences—Presidents Club members at the UI—have given back to their alma mater for more than 35 years, the couple recently finalized a deferred gift to the University of Iowa. The Stences wanted their estate gift to reflect their previous giving to the UI, and with the help of Susan Hagan, executive director of development for planned giving at the University of Iowa Foundation, and Jane Van Voorhis, executive director of development for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, that was possible.
The Stences’ deferred gift will provide unrestricted support for Hancher, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Tippie College of Business, the Iowa Impact Fund, the Friends of Museum of Art, the Department of English, the Museum of Natural History, Old Capitol, and the Alumni Association, as well as provide additional funds for international opportunities and for the Daniel and Beth Holden Stence Fund.
“Beth and I don’t have any children, so we have known for a long time that the University of Iowa is where we wanted to leave our assets,” Daniel Stence said. “We have a lot of strong emotions from our time here. We also know that Iowa has so many needs and that being able to give a gift would be great. There are plenty of good things people can do here to improve society.”
“Our time as students at Iowa was such a transformative period in our lives,” said Beth Stence. “I hope others recognize the unique opportunity that giving to the University of Iowa has in influencing that awesome stage of life. So many people are impacted by experiences here, and being able to contribute to that special time in people’s lives is pretty powerful.”