Businessman Tim Hodge to Receive School Foundation’s Distinguished Hometown Alumni Award

DUBUQUE, IA— The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS) is pleased to announce that Tim Hodge is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Hometown Alumni Award. The award celebrates the achievements of local public school graduates and the positive impact they make in our community.

Tim Hodge was born and raised in Dubuque and educated in the Dubuque Community School District. He was a member of the kindergarten class at Hoover Elementary School in its opening year, attended Washington junior high, and spent his high school years at Hempstead, where he was named an all-state player in baseball and football, and graduated with honors in 1981. Following graduation, Tim attended the University of Iowa where he continued his baseball career and graduated in 1985 with a degree in business management. In 2008, Tim was inducted into the Hempstead High School Hall-Of-Fame.

The importance of community philanthropy and volunteerism was instilled in Tim and his siblings by their parents, Butch and Bev Hodge. Building on this foundation, Tim has served a number of local charities and is currently an Executive Board Member of the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation. In 2009, the Hodge family established an annual charity race called Run4troops that raises money in support of local military causes.  

As a Dubuque Community School District parent and active community member, Tim’s involvement with our public schools has continued long after graduation. Past volunteer roles include membership on the Table Mound Elementary Site Council, District Advisory Council, and Board of Education, serving as school board president in 1999.  Tim and his wife, Connie (a Dubuque Senior High School Hall-Of-Fame inductee), are parents to Zachary (Laura Decker) and Jordan (Michael Fullan), who also reside in Dubuque. On June 8, 2016, Zach and Laura gave the family its newest member, Oliver Timothy.

Tim will be honored at the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools’ Fifth Annual Enhancing Excellence Luncheon on Wednesday, April 12 at the Grand River Center. Additional guest speakers include Ann Johnson, a math teacher at Sageville Elementary school and recipient of the 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Sageville students, and Gary Dolphin as Master of Ceremonies. Music will be provided by “The Other Ones” jazz combo from Senior High School.

The luncheon is open to the public and attendees may register online at The event is a fundraiser, with a minimum $100 donation requested. Proceeds support FDPS programs and projects. For more information, contact FDPS Executive Director Jennifer Klinkhammer at or 563.588.2700, or visit


The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS) promotes the importance of public education by increasing community investment for the enhancement of student achievement in the Dubuque Public Schools. FDPS board members and staff fulfill this mission by securing financial gifts and grants for school programs and projects that are not currently supported by public tax dollars. Learn more at


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Founded in 2002, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque strengthens communities and inspires giving. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life throughout Northeast Iowa by serving donors, making grants to local nonprofit organizations, and providing community leadership through convening and collaboration. Guided by the values of integrity, equity and inclusion, collaboration, excellence and innovation, we seek to ensure a vibrant and inclusive Greater Dubuque region with resources and opportunity for all.