Current Members

Trustee Scholar giving circle membership for fiscal year 2012 is indicated by an asterisk (*).
 

Executive Committee

The University of Missouri–Kansas City 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.

Thomas Bloch

Chair
 

Ellen Darling

Treasurer, Chair-Elect, Vice Chair
Finance Committee
Chief Executive Officer
Zimmer Companies, Inc.
*Scholar Circle Member

 
Stephen Dunn

Vice Chair, Real Estate Committee
Chairman
J. E. Dunn Construction Company


Spencer Heddens, III

Secretary and Vice Chair, Engagement Committee
Kansas City Region President
Bank of America, Kansas City

 
Doranne Hudson

Vice Chair, Strategy and Planning
Retired, Hallmark Cards
ExecutiveinResidence
University of Missouri–Kansas City

 
Peter Levi
Vice Chair, Legislative Affairs

Attorney
Polsinelli Shughart PC

   
Pat McCown
Vice Chair, Trustee Awards Committee

Chief Executive Officer
McCownGordon Construction
 

John Readey, III
Vice Chair, Governance Committee

Partner
Bryan Cave LLP


Scott Smith
Vice Chair, Development Committee

President
HNTB Corporation

 
Joel Voran

Vice Chair, Trustee Scholars Committee
Chief Executive Officer
Lathrop & Gage, LLP

   
Troy Lillebo

Assistant Secretary,
University of Missouri–Kansas City

 
Sharon Lindenbaum

Assistant Treasurer,
University of Missouri–Kansas City

 


 

Regular, Alumni, Community and Special Trustees

The University of Missouri–Kansas City Board of Trustees is comprised of 60 regular, four Alumni, seven Community and three Special Trustees. Honorary and Emeriti members are annually elected at the discretion of the board.

Alan Atterbury

President
Midland Properties, Inc.
*Scholar Circle Member and
Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

 
Jonathan Baum

Chairman
George K. Baum & Company

   
William Berkley

President and Chief Executive Officer
Tension Envelope Corporation

 
Steven Bernstein

President 
Bernstein Rein Advertising, Inc. 

 
Phil Bixby

Alumni Trustee
President, Chief Executive Officer
and Chairman
Kansas City Life Insurance Company
*Scholar Circle Member

 
John Bluford

President and Chief Executive Officer
Truman Medical Centers

   
Ann Brandau Murguia

Executive Director
Argentine Neighborhood Development Assoc.

 
John Callison

Vice President—Investments
Oppenheimer & Company, Inc.

       
Dianne Cleaver

President
Symmetry Consulting

 
Keith Copaken

Principal
Copaken Brooks
*Scholar Benefactor

   
Paul DeBruce

DeBruce Companies

 
Michael Deggendorf

Senior Vice President-Corporate Services
KCP&L

 
Stephen Doyal
Senior Vice President-Public Affairs and Communications
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
 
Ann Dickinson

Chairman
Dickinson Financial Corporation

 
Frank Ellis

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Swope Community Enterprises

 
Anne Westlake Elsberry
*Scholar Circle member
 
Warren Erdman

Executive Vice President—
Administrative and Corporate Affairs
KC Southern
*Scholar Benefactor

 
Melinda Estes

President and Chief Executive Officer
Saint Luke's Health System

 
Gary Forsee
   
Scott Francis

Owner
Francor, LLC

     
Esther George

President
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

 
Wayne Goode

Special Trustee
Chairman, UM Board of Curators

 
Greg Graves

President and Chief Executive Officer
Burns & McDonnell

   
Marilyn Hebenstreit

Community Trustee,
Hall Library of Science,
Engineering & Technology

 
Michael Helmstetter

Chief Executive Officer and President
Midwest Research Institute


D. Stanley Hite

Community Trustee
Rinehart Foundation

D. Stanley Hite, D.D.S.
 

Ed Honesty

President and Chief Operating Officer
Best Harvest Bakeries
 

Thomas Hyde


Richard Johnson

Founder and President
KC Pharma, LLC

 
Pat Konopka

Community Trustee, Women’s Council
Partner
Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP
 

Regina Kort

Community Trustee
Conservatory of Music and Dance


 
Pat Macdonald

Community Trustee, Alumni Association
Ast. Vice President, Donor Relations & Education
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

   
Chandler McCray

President and Chief Executive Officer
McCray Lumber Company and Millwork

 
Pat McLarney

Attorney
McLarney Law Firm
*Scholar Circle member

 
John McMeel

Chairman and President
Andrews McMeel Universal

 
Leo E. Morton

Community Trustee
UMKC Chancellor

   
William Nelson

Chairman,
George K. Baum Asset Management, George K. Baum Holdings

 
David Oliver
Partner
Berkowitz Oliver Williams Shaw & Eisenbrandt LLP
*Scholar Circle member


Roshann Parris
President and Chief Executive Officer
Parris Communications


James Polsinelli

Shareholder
Polsinelli PC

 
George Powell, III
 
Bill Prugh

Community Trustee, Law Foundation Attorney
Polsinelli PC

 
Jerry Reece

Chief Executive Officer
Reece and Nichols

 
Ralph Reid

Vice President—Corporate Social Responsibility
Sprint Corporation
*Scholar Circle member and Scholar Benefactor

 
Paul Rodriguez

President
Rodriguez Mechanical Contractors

 
James Sangster

President
UMB Bank

       
John Sherman

President and Chief Executive Officer
Inergy Propane LLC
*Scholar Circle member

   
Betsey Solberg

Executive Consultant
Fleishman-Hillard, Inc.

 
Charles Sosland

President and Chief Executive Officer
Sosland Companies, Inc

 
Kent Sunderland

Vice Chairman and Secretary
Ash Grove Cement Company

 
Brenda Tinnen
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Sprint Center/AEG-KC
 
Thomas Turner III
Executive Vice President
Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC
*Scholar Circle member
 
Don Wagner

Investor
Wagner Investments, L.P.

 
Maurice Watson

Chairman
Husch Blackwell

 
David Westbrook

Alumni Trustee
Senior Vice President—Strategy
and Innovation
Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics

 
Joy Wheeler
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri

 
Missy Wilson
Community Trustee
UMKC Pharmacy Foundation

Co-owner
Butler Hometown Pharmacy

 
Timothy Wolfe

Special Trustee
President
University of Missouri System

 
David Yost
Community Trustee

Executive Vice President
Midwest Trust Company

 

Emeriti and Honorary Trustees

Malcolm Aslin

Chairman of the Board
Alterra Bank


John Anderson

Emeritus

 
William (Bert) Bates

Emeritus
Of Counsel
Lathrop & Gage, LC

 
G. Kenneth Baum

Emeritus
Chairman of the Board
George K. Baum Group

 
The Hon. Theodore Beckett

Emeritus
Of Counsel
Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, L.L.C.

 
Bert Berkley

Emeritus
Chairman of the Board
Tension Envelope Corporation

 
Henry Bloch

Emeritus
Honorary Chairman of the Board
H&R Block Incorporated

 
Barrett Brady

Emeritus

 
Mary Shaw Branton

Honorary

 
Newton Campbell

Honorary
Executive in Residence
University of Missouri‐Kansas City

 
Thomas Carter

Emeritus

 
Richard Cray

Emeritus
Trustee
Cray Foundation

 
Richard Davis Sr.

Emeritus
Founder
KC Masterpiece BBQ Products

 
Thomas Deacy Jr.

Emeritus
Senior Partner
Deacy & Deacy, LLP

 

 
William French

Honorary
*Endowed Scholar Benefactor

Ollie Gates

Emeritus
Owner and Founder Gates BBQ
   

Barbara Marshall

Emeritus
Co–Founder
Toy and Miniature Museum
*Scholar Circle member,
Scholar Benefactor, and Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

 
Robert Peterson

Emeritus

 
Louis Rasmussen

Emeritus

 
John Robinson Sr.

Emeritus

 
George Russell

Honorary

 
Byron Shutz

Emeritus

 
Beth Smith

Honorary
Adjunct Professor
Center for Non–Profit Leadership

 
Neil Sosland

Emeritus
Executive Editor
—Markets
Sosland Publishing Company
*Scholar Circle member

   
Arthur Stoup

Emeritus
President
Arthur H. Stoup & Assoc., P.C.

 
Stephen Talge

Emeritus

   
Robert West

Emeritus

 
Hugh Zimmer

Emeritus
Chairman
Zimmer Companies, Inc.
*Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

Meet a Trustees Board Member

Tom Bloch

Tom Bloch
Chair

 

“The Board is made up of an outstanding group of individuals who bring a diverse background and experience to UMKC, and the Board provides a valuable link between the campus and community. The one common thread is that everyone has a great interest and enthusiasm for UMKC.”