Thomas and Vina Hyde pledge
$6 million to UMKC

Campaign Steering Committee co-chairs and UMKC benefactors Thomas D. Hyde and Vina W. Hyde once again demonstrated their support for the university. The Hydes made a pledge of $6 million – the fourth largest gift in UMKC history – to support the Chancellor’s Fund for Excellence.

An alumnus of the UMKC School of Law and a 2004 UMKC Alumni Award recipient, Tom Hyde is a member of the UMKC Board of Trustees and the UMKC Foundation, where he serves Chair of the Audit Committee, as well as a member of the Executive Committee. He is the retired Executive Vice President of Legal, Ethics and Corporate Secretary of Walmart Stores, Inc.

Vina Hyde earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in special education from Kansas State University. She was a teacher and most recently involved in the Board of Walton Arts Center of Fayetteville and the Girls on the Run of Benton County, Ark.

“I am overwhelmed by the receipt of this gift specifically designated for the Chancellor’s Fund for Excellence, which will support the university’s vision,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton.

“Foundation funds are to enhance new and existing programs,” said Alan Atterbury, Chairman of the UMKC Foundation. “This gift also allows our university to continue its momentum toward becoming Kansas City’s model research university, as mentioned in the Time to Get It Right report.”

Commissioned by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation to look at higher education, the 2005 Time to Get It Right report offered recommendations for UMKC to become a model research university, including expanding its governance to include the community, strengthening its academic and civic leadership and developing an institutional strategy.