Executive committee

The Executive committee is elected from among the current Trustees. They manage the business and property of the Board of Trustees in the interim between meetings of the full board.

Executive committee members

Chair: Ellen Darling
Stephen Dunn
Spence Heddens
Doranne Hudson
Peter Levi
Pat McCown
John Readey, III
Ralph Reid
Scott Smith
Joel Voran

Finance committee

The Finance committee is accountable for the fiduciary matters of the board, including management of the endowments, the restricted funds and the finances associated with the UMKC Trustees’ real estate program. The committee approves and manages the annual Trustees’ operations budget and advises the board on all budgetary matters.

Finance committee members

Vice Chair: Ralph Reid
Frank Ellis
Richard Johnson
Jim Sangster
John Sherman
Don Wagner

Real Estate committee

The Real Estate committee oversees and manages the operation of the UMKC Trustees’ Real Estate program. The committee is responsible for policy matters of the program, including purchase of new property, maintenance of all properties and sales of Board-owned properties. The committee is charged to assure the Board that properties are in proper condition and that the program is fiscally accountable. The Real Estate Program operates solely to support the needs of UMKC.

Real Estate committee members

Vice Chair: Steve Dunn
Keith Copaken
Mike Deggendorf
Frank Ellis
Arthur Stoup
Tom Turner, III

Trustees' Scholars committee

The Scholar/Business Connections committee implements a Professional Enrichment Program designed to connect scholars to the Kansas City community and educate them on issues facing the region. The committee also works to ensure opportunities are available for scholars to connect with Trustees for relevant internship and mentoring opportunities. 

Scholar/Business Connections committee members

Vice Chair: Joel Voran
Steve Doyal
Ed Honesty
Tom Hyde
Chandler McCray
David Oliver
Suzanne Shank
Arthur Stoup
Joy Wheeler

Development Committee

The Development Committee oversees the fundraising programs of the Trustees and takes leadership in meeting goals for specific financial goals, such as sponsorship of UMKC Trustee Scholars. The committee raises funds to cover the board’s annual operational expenses.

Development Committee members

Vice Chair: Scott Smith
Gary Forsee
Greg Graves
Spencer Heddens, III
John Readey, III

Engagement Committee

Engagement committee members

Vice Chair: Spence Heddens

Awards Committee

Awards committee members

Vice Chair: Pat McCown
Steve Doyal
Spencer Heddens, III
Danny O'Neill
Scott Smith
Betsey Solberg
Kent Sunderland

UMKC Trustees Governance Committee

The UMKC Trustees Governance committee is designated by the Board of Trustees for the purpose of considering and recommending candidates to the Board of Trustees for election to the Board of Trustees and to the position of Honorary Trustee.

Governance committee members

Vice Chair: John Readey
Mick Aslin
Alan Atterbury
Ken Baum
Bert Berkley
Henry Bloch
Tom Bloch
Barrett Brady
Doranne Hudson
Pat McLarney
David Oliver
Thomas Turner III
Joel Voran
Maurice Watson
Joy Wheeler
Hugh Zimmer

Government Relations committee

The Government Relations committee assists in making the case for quality, higher education as a necessary attribute of a progressive state and as an economic driver for Missouri. The committee works with UMKC and UM System leadership to present the public funding needs and opportunities of UMKC to the citizens and elected officers of the city, county and state.

Government Relations committee members

Vice Chair: Peter Levi
Warren Erdman
Pat Macdonald
Pat McLarney
Roshann Parris
Jim Polsinelli
Annie Presley

Meet a Trustees Board Member

Doranne Hudson

Doranne Hudson
Vice Chair
Strategy and Planning

 

“UMKC is an extraordinary resource for Kansas City, as a large, research-based university in the heart of the city, and the Trustees work to link this vital resource with the needs of the business and civic communities. Trustee committees do real work with real results. The impact on the University makes Trustee involvement time well spent.”