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: Tom Bloch
Ellen Darling
Stephen Doyal
Stephen Dunn
Doranne Hudson
Peter Levi
John Readey, III
Joel Voran
Joy Wheeler

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: Ellen Darling
Frank Ellis
Richard Johnson
Ralph Reid
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
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
Chandler McCray
David Oliver
Paul Rodriguez
Suzanne Shank
Arthur Stoup

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: Steve Doyal
Gary Forsee
Greg Graves
Spencer Heddens, III
John Readey, III
Scott Smith

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
Barrett Brady
Doranne Hudson
Pat McLarney
David Oliver
John Readey III
Thomas Turner III
Joel Voran
Joy Wheeler
Hugh Zimmer

Legislative Affairs committee

The Legislative Affairs 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.

Legislative Affairs committee members

Vice Chair: Peter Levi

UMKC Faculty Fellows and Scholars Awards review committee

The UMKC Faculty Fellows and Scholars Awards review committee assesses and recommends candidates for awards of distinguished UMKC Faculty members who demonstrate outstanding scholarly and/or creative ability. The awards are funded by Trustee-held endowments. The award process is conducted in collaboration with UMKC’s academic leadership.

Review committee members

Newton Campbell
Neil Sosland

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.”