Current Members

Trustee Scholar giving circle membership for fiscal year 2014 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.

Ellen Darling

Chair
Chief Executive Officer
Newmark Grubb Zimmer
*Scholar Circle Member and Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

 
Stephen Dunn

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


Spencer Heddens, III

Secretary and Vice Chair, Engagement Committee

 
Doranne Hudson

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

*Scholar Circle Member

 
Peter Levi
Vice Chair, Goverment Relations

Attorney
Polsinelli

 
Pat McCown
Vice Chair, Trustee Awards Committee

Chief Executive Officer
McCownGordon Construction
*Scholar Circle Member

John Readey, III
Vice Chair, Governance Committee

Senior Partner
Bryan Cave LLP


Ralph Reid
Treasurer, Vice Chair, Finance Committee

President and Executive Director
Sprint Foundation
*Scholar Benefactor

 
Scott Smith
Vice Chair, Development Committee
 
Joel Voran

Vice Chair, Trustee Scholars Committee
Chairman
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, nine 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

   
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

 
Tom Bloch

Co-founder
University Academy
*Scholar Benefactor and Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

 
John Bluford

Retired 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

Executive Director
Urban Neighborhood Initiative

 
Keith Copaken

Principal
Copaken Brooks
*Scholar Benefactor

 
Karen Cox, R.N., Ph.D.

Alumni Trustee
Executuve Vice President
Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
*Scholar Circle Member

   
Paul DeBruce

DeBruce Companies
*Scholar Circle Member

 
Michael Deggendorf

Senior Vice President-Corporate Services
KCP&L

 
Ann Dickinson
Board Member
Dickinson Financial Corporation
*Scholar Circle Member
 
Don M. Downing

Special Trustee
Chairman, UM Board of Curators

 
Stephen Doyal

Senior Vice President-Public Affairs and Communications
Hallmark Cards, Inc.

*Scholar Benefactor

 
Frank Ellis

Retired 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, M.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer
Saint Luke's Health System
*Scholar Circle Member

 Dr. Brett Ferguson

Community Trustee
Rinehart Foundation

 
Gary Forsee

*Scholar Circle Member

 
Scott Francis

Owner
Francor, LLC

 
Chris Gentile

President
Federal Manufacturing and Technologies

 
Esther George

President
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

 
Greg Graves

President and Chief Executive Officer
Burns & McDonnell

   
MaryBeth Guy

Community Trustee,
Pharmacy Foundation

Pharamcy Consultant
Marycal, Inc.

 
Marilyn Hebenstreit

Community Trustee,
Hall Library of Science,
Engineering & Technology

 
Mark Hinderks

Co-Managing Partner
Stinson Leonard Street


J.R. Hobbs

Community Trustee, Law Foundation Vice President, Wyrsch Hobbs Mirakian Attorneys

 

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 Leonard Street
 

 

 
Pat Macdonald

Community Trustee, Alumni Association *Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor
Ast. Vice President, Donor Relations & Education
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

   
Chandler McCray

President and Chief Executive Officer
McCray Lumber and Millwork
*Scholar Circle Member

 
Pat McLarney

Attorney
McLarney Law Firm
*Scholar Circle member

 
John McMeel

Chairman and President
Andrews McMeel Universal
*Scholar Benefactor

 
Leo E. Morton

Community Trustee
UMKC Chancellor

   
David Oliver

Partner
Berkowitz Oliver Williams Shaw & Eisenbrandt LLP

 
Danny O'Neill

The Roasterie
*Scholar Circle Member

Roshann Parris
President and Chief Executive Officer
Parris Communications


James Polsinelli

Shareholder
Polsinelli PC

 
Annie Presley

Author
ACE Publishing LLC

   
Jerry Reece

Chief Executive Officer
Reece and Nichols

 
Ora Reynolds

President
Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development, Inc.

 
James Sangster

President
UMB Bank

       
John Sherman

MLP Holdings
*Scholar Circle member

   
Betsey Solberg

Executive Consultant
Fleishman-Hillard, Inc.
*Scholar Circle Member

 
Charles Sosland

President and Chief Executive Officer
Sosland Companies, Inc

 
Kent Sunderland

Vice Chairman and Secretary
Ash Grove Cement Company


Thomas Turner III
Executive Vice President
Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC
 
TimVan Zandt

Community Trustee
Conservatory of Music and Dance
Vice President, Government and Community Relations
St. Luke's Health System

 
Don Wagner

Investor
Wagner Investments, L.P.
*Scholar Circle Member

 
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

 
Timothy Wolfe

Special Trustee
President
University of Missouri System

 
David Yost
Community Trustee, Athletics

Executive Vice President
Midwest Trust Company

 

Emeriti and Honorary Trustees

Malcolm Aslin

Emeritus
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
*Scholar Benefactor

 
The Hon. Theodore Beckett

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

 
Angela Bennett

Honorary

 
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 Davis Sr.

Emeritus
Founder
KC Masterpiece BBQ Products

 
William French

Honorary
*Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

Ollie Gates

Emeritus
Owner and Founder Gates BBQ
   

Barbara Marshall

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

 
Robert Peterson

Emeritus

 
Louis Rasmussen

Emeritus

 
George Russell

Honorary

 
Byron Shutz

Emeritus

 
Beth Smith

Honorary

 
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

 

“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.”