Gary F. Seamans, raised in Iowa City, received his Bachelors of Science degree, magna cum laude, in Electrical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1971. During his thirteen-year career with AT&T he served in executive management positions in operations, engineering, sales, marketing, human resources, finance, and strategic planning.
His AT&T career was interrupted for three and a half years of military service with the U.S. Air Force in California. He was responsible for 27 successful launches as reentry systems Launch Director. Seamans served with high distinction, receiving multiple citations, including the Air Force Commendation Medal with Five Oak Leaf Clusters for Meritorious Service in the program.
In 1984, he left AT&T and became a vice president of sales and marketing for MCI Telecommunications in Chicago. In 1987, he was named chairman, chief executive officer, and president of Westell Technologies, Inc. In 1995, he led the company to a very successful Initial Public Offering. He retired in 1998.
In October 1997, Seamans and his wife, Camille, provided the major gifts to the College in honor of his family, to name the UI Engineering Building complex the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences. He is currently a board member, officer, and executive committee member of the University of Iowa Foundation. He is also a current and founding board member of the Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa.
In 1998, Seamans created the College of Engineering Student Leadership Institute - a twice yearly seminar on leadership skills development for undergraduate and graduate students from the UI College of Engineering, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, along with select students from Iowa State University, the University of Arizona, and medical students from the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.