University of Iowa’s Greg Black to retire

After 30 years with the university, director steps down.

Feb. 13—Greg Black, director of University Dining at 30,500-student University of Iowa, in Iowa City, has announced his retirement effective June 8.

Black came to the university as director of food services at the Iowa Memorial Union in July 1981. During his time at the university he also served as director of Residential Dining. During the past three years he has developed and implemented a strategy that unified campus dining, combining residential dining with retail food services and catering, formerly under the IMU, into a single operating unit.

Black received the Iowa Board of Regent’s Staff Excellence Award in 1999 and has been active in the National Association of College and Union Food Service, serving on various committees including the annual conference planning committee.

Black said he plans to use his retirement to spend time with his granddaughters and other family. However, he says he plans on staying connected with the university.

“I plan on assisting [the university] as I can, with many of the projects currently underway,” Black said. “I am also working with University of Iowa Press to write a “Tastes of the Big Ten” cookbook. I also plan on volunteering within the community, seeing as much of the USA as I can with my wife, Barbara, working in the yard and catching up on the many house jobs that have been on the back burner for years.”

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