Alumna Betty Andres is a 1946 graduate of Upper Iowa University, earning a degree in elementary education. A devoted teacher, she is also committed to ensuring the highest quality education to students at Upper Iowa University and has dedicated her time and resources to enhancing the UIU learning environment. This successful, generous alumna is someone who has never forgotten about her alma mater.
Betty proudly served as a member of the UIU Board of Trustees for nearly 20 years and in the capacity of vice chair for 13 of those years (1990-2003). It was during the mid-1990s that Betty, in conjunction with her late husband, Bill, noticed a physical deterioration of the Fayette campus. An educator at heart, Betty is well aware of the psychological effects of one’s learning environment and the emotional affect that poor physical characteristics of the campus could have on both current and prospective students. As a result, Betty and Bill spearheaded a revitalization campaign of the Fayette campus, researching and supervising the design and development of the campus’ master landscaping plan. Not overlooking the need for artistic stimulation, Betty personally studied and met with artists before selecting 13 original sculptures that enhance the campus grounds today.Betty and Bill’s vision and benevolence in completing the Fayette campus renovation led to even more improvements—the construction of Grace Meyer Square, a football stadium, a women’s softball complex, and the Andres Center for Business and Education.