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: Jim Polsinelli
Debby Ballard

Scott Boswell

David Brain

Keith Copaken

Ed Honesty

Doranne Hudson

Annie Presley

Tom Turner

Charles Shields

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: Scott Boswell

Tim Dunn

Mark Hinderks

Gabe Hernandez

Paul Holewinski

James Sangster

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 Co-Chairs: David Brain, Tom Turner, III
John Callison

Keith Copaken

David Harrison

Mark Jorgenson

David Kenner

Jerry Reece

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 Co-Chairs: Debby Ballard, Ed Honesty
Steven Bernstein

Kevin Barb

Jennie Clarke

Steve Doyal

David Oliver

Kyle Vena

Donna Ward

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: Keith Copaken

Jon Baum

Doranne Hudson

Patrick McLarney

David Oliver

John Readey

Tom Turner

Joel Voran

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: Charles Shields

Dianne Cleaver

Anne Elsberry

Warren Erdman

Heather Humphrey

Patrick McLarney

Troy Nash

Roshann Parris

Annie Presley

Meet a Trustees Board Member

Doranne Hudson

Doranne Hudson
Secretary & 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.”