Current Members

For fiscal year 2021, Trustee Scholar Circle giving status is indicated by (*), and Trustee Scholar Benefactor giving status is indicated by (**).
 

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.

Scott Boswell

Board Chair
President - West Region
The Commerce Trust Company

 

Doranne Hudson*

Secretary and Vice Chair, Strategy and Planning
Retired, Hallmark Cards

 

Andy Deister

President and CEO
Russell Stover

 

Dave Harrison*

President
VanTrust Real Estate

 

Charlie Shields

President and CEO
Truman Medical Centers

 

Kyle Vena

Senior Director, Baseball Operations/Administration
Kansas City Royals Baseball Club

 

Paul Holewinski*

Treasurer and Vice Chair, Asset Management Committee
CEO
Dickinson Financial Corporation

 

Keith Copaken

Principal
Copaken Brooks

 

Stephen Doyal

Retired, Hallmark Cards

 

Heather Humphrey

Senior Vice President of Corporate Services and General Counsel
Evergy, Inc.

 

Scott Smith*

Retired, HNTB

 

Donna Ward

Senior Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of 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.

C. Mauli Agrawal

Community Trustee
Chancellor
University of Missouri-Kansas City

 

Kevin Barb

Alumni Trustee
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer
Whetstone Capital Advisors

 

Steven Bernstein

CEO and President
Bernstein Rein Advertising, Inc.

 

Phil Bixby**

CEO, President and Chairman
Kansas City Life

 

John Bluford

President
Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute

 

Darryl M. Chatman

Special Trustee
Chair
UM System Board of Curators

 

Jean-Paul Chaurand

Alumni Trustee
Executive Vice President
The H&R Block Foundation

 

Mun Choi

Special Trustee
President
UM System

 

Dianne Cleaver

President and CEO
Urban Neighborhood Initiative

 

Tim Dunn

Chairman of the Board
JE Dunn Construction

 

Warren Erdman

Executive Vice President
Administrative and Corporate Affairs
KC Southern

 

Wesley Fields

Office Managing Partner
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

 

Gary Forsee

Retired
Sprint Nextel

 

Matt Hartwig

Community Trustee
Pharmacy Foundation

 

Gabe Hernandez*

Alumni Trustee
Vice President, Substation Projects
Burns & McDonnell

 

David Kenner

Professor
University of Missouri-Kansas City

 

Chandler McCray*

President and Chief Executive Officer
McCray Lumber and Millwork Co.

 

Pat McLarney

Attorney
McLarney Law Firm

 

Allison Murdock

Deputy Managing Partner
Stinson LLP

 

David Oliver

Partner
Berkowitz Oliver LLP

 

Jim Polsinelli

Retired Shareholder
Polsinelli, PC

 

John Readey, III

Senior Counsel
Bryan Cave LLP

 

Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado

Scientific Director, Investigator
Stowers Institute for Medical Research

 

Jennifer Schnack

Vice President of Employee Talent, Development & Experience
T-Mobile

 

Dred D. Scott

President and CEO
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City

 

Anne St. Peter

Founder
Global Prairie

 

Kent Sunderland

Community Trustee
UMKC Foundation

 

Joel Voran

Senior Counsel
Lathrop GPM

 

David Westbrook

Member, Board of Directors
Trozzolo

 

Michael Williams

Special Trustee
KC Area Curator

 

Debby Ballard

Community Volunteer, Retired Executive
Sprint/T-Mobile

 

Jonathan Baum

Managing Partner
Baum Capital Partners

 

Scott Bethune

Community Trustee
UMKC School of Law Foundation

 

Tom Bloch

Co-Founder
University Academy
Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

 

David Brain

CEO
Enfinite Capital

 

Debbie Brooks

Community Trustee
UMKC Women's Council

 

David Cauble

Executive Vice President, CFO
Children’s Mercy Hospital

 

Ramin Cherafat

CEO
McCownGordon Construction

 

Jennie Clarke

Alumni Trustee
Vice President and Associate General Counsel
American Century Investments

 

Paul DeBruce

DeBruce Companies

 

Anne Westlake Elsberry*

 

Melinda Estes, M.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer
Saint Luke's Health System

 

Dick Flanigan*

Senior Vice President
Cerner Corporation

 

Scott Francis

Owner
Francor, LLC

 

Marilyn Hebenstreit*

Community Trustee
Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology

 

Richard Johnson

Founder and President
KC Pharma, LLC

 

Chris Longly

Community Trustee
UMKC Alumni Association

 

Madeleine McDonough

Chair and Partner
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

 

Rachel Merlo

Government and Community Affairs Manager
Google Fiber

 

Troy Nash

Managing Director/Principal
Newmark Grubb Zimmer

 

Dana Patterson Nelson

Asst. Director of Special Education
Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

 

Emmet Pierson, Jr.

President and CEO
Community Builders of Kansas City

 

Annie Presley

Author
Ace Publishing LLC

 

Jerry Reece

Chairman Emeritus
ReeceNichols Real Estate

 

James Sangster

Vice Chairman
UMB Bank

 

Suzanne Shank

Community Volunteer

 

David Suchman

Community Trustee
Rinehart Foundation

 

Leigh Anne Taylor Knight

Executive Director and COO
DeBruce Foundation

 

Lisa Weixelman

Senior Partner
Polsinelli, PC

 

Loren Whittaker, Ph.D.

Community Trustee
UMKC Conservatory

 

Michelle Wimes

Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer
Children’s Mercy Hospital

 

 

Emeriti and Honorary Trustees

Malcolm Aslin

Emeritus

 

William (Bert) Bates

Emeritus
Of Counsel
Lathrop GPM

 

The Hon. Theodore Beckett

Emeritus

 

Bert Berkley

Emeritus
Chairman of the Board
Tension Corporation

 

John Callison

Emeritus
Vice President—Investments
Oppenheimer & Company, Inc.

 

Newton Campbell

Honorary
Executive in Residence
University of Missouri‐Kansas City

 

William French

Honorary
Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

 

Greg Graves

Emeritus
Former Chairman/CEO
Burns & McDonnell

 

Thomas Hyde

Emeritus

 

Robert Peterson

Emeritus

 

Betsey Solberg

Emeritus
Executive Consultant
Fleishman-Hillard, Inc.

 

Neil Sosland

Emeritus
Executive Editor—Markets
Sosland Publishing Company

 

Tom Turner

Emeritus

 

Robert West

Emeritus

 

Alan Atterbury

Emeritus
President
Midland Properties, Inc.
Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

 

G. Kenneth Baum**

Emeritus
Chairman of the Board
George K. Baum Group

 

Angela Bennett

Honorary

 

Barrett Brady

Emeritus

 

Thomas Carter

Emeritus

 

Ollie Gates

Emeritus
Owner and Founder Gates BBQ

 

Barbara Hall Marshall*

Emeritus
Co-Founder
National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

 

Leo E. Morton

Emeritus
President and COO
DeBruce Companies

 

John Sherman*

Emeritus
MLP Holdings LLC

 

Charles Sosland

Emeritus
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sosland Companies, Inc.

 

Stephen Talge

Emeritus

 

Don Wagner

Emeritus
General Partner
Wagner Investments LP
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.”