Inside his office at the Blues Foundation in Memphis hangs a painting of Bonnie Raitt and a guitar signed by the late B.B. King. It’s not every day that a person gets to work on behalf of his musical heroes, but not every person gets to be Jay Sieleman, president and chief executive officer of the Blues Foundation.
Sieleman graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1975 and a Juris Doctorate in 1978. On June 13, he returns to campus to accept one of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards from the UI Alumni Association (UIAA).