Current Members

Trustee Scholar giving circle membership for fiscal year 2016 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.

James A.Polsinelli

Chair
Shareholder
Polsinelli

 
Debby Ballard

Vice Co-Chair Trustees' Scholar
President

Sprint Foundation

 

Doranne Hudson

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

 

Ed Honesty

Vice Co-Chair Trustees' Scholar
President and Chief Operating Office

Best Harvest Bakeries

Annie Presley

Vice Chair, Development Committee
Author
Ace Publishing LLC

Jerry Reece

Vice Chair, Engagement Committee
Chief Executive Officer
Reece and Nichols

 

Scott Boswell

Treasurer, Vice Chair, Finance and Audit Committee
President and CEO
Commerce Trust Company

 

Tom Turner

Co-Vice Chair, Real Estate Committee

Executive Vice President
Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC

 

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

 

Alan Atterbury

President
Midland Properties, Inc.
Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

 
Debby Ballard

President
Sprint Foundation

 
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
*Scholar Benefactor

 
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

 
David Brain

Brown Cow Capital LLC

 

John Callison

Vice President—Investments
Oppenheimer & Company, Inc.


Ramin Cherafat

CEO
McCownGordon Construction

 

Mun Choi

Special Trustee
President
UM System

 

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
*Scholar Circle Member

 
Ellen Darling

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

 

Paul DeBruce

DeBruce Companies

 

Andy Deister

President and CEO
Russell Stover


Stephen Doyal

Retired, Hallmark Cards

 

Tim Dunn

Chief Investment and Treasury Officer
JE Dunn Construction

 
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

 
Melanie Fenske

Community Trustee

 

Dick Flanigan

President
Cerner HS   

 

Gary Forsee

Retired
Sprint Nextel

 

Scott Francis

Owner
Francor, LLC

 

Susan Garnett

Community Trustee

 

Greg Graves

President and Chief Executive Officer
Burns & McDonnell
*Scholar Circle Member

 

Dave Harrison

President
Van Trust Real Estate
*Scholar Circle Member

 

Heather Humphrey

Senior Vice President of Corporate Services and General Counsel
KCP&L

 

Marilyn Hebenstreit

Community Trustee,
Linda Hall Library of Science,
Engineering & Technology

*Scholar Circle Member

 

Mark Hinderks

Managing Partner
Stinson Leonard Street

 

Paul Holewinski

CEO
Dickinson Financial Corporation
 

Thomas Hyde

 

Richard Johnson

Founder and President
KC Pharma, LLC

 
Mark Jorgenson

Group Head Community Banking
US Bank  

David Kenner

Real Estate Finance Attorney
Levy Craig Law Firm

 
Jeanie Latz

Community Trustee

 

Chandler McCray

President and Chief Executive Officer
McCray Lumber and Millwork Co.

Madeleine McDonough

Chair and Partner

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP


Pat McLarney

Attorney
McLarney Law Firm

 
John McMeel

Chairman
Andrews McMeel Universal
*Scholar Circle Member

 
Leo E. Morton

Community Trustee
UMKC Chancellor

 
Jerry Ogilvie

Professor
UMKC School of Dentistry
Community Trustee
Rinehart Foundation

 

David Oliver

Partner
Berkowitz Oliver LLP

 
Danny O'Neill

The Roasterie

 
Roshann Parris

President and Chief Executive Officer
Parris Communications

 
John Phillips

Special Trustee and Curator
Senior Counsel
Husch Blackwell
*Scholar Circle Member

 

John Readey, III

Senior Partner
Bryan Cave LLP

 

James Sangster

Vice Chairman
UMB Bank
*Scholar Benefactor

 

Charles Shields

President and CEO
Truman Medical Centers        

 

Scott Smith


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
*Scholar Circle Member

 

Joel Voran

Chairman
Lathrop & Gage, LLP
*Scholar Circle Member


Don Wagner

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

 
David Westbrook

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

 

 

Michelle Wimes

Alumni Trustee
Director, Professional Development & Inclusion
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C.

 

David Yost

Community Trustee, Athletics
President
Midwest Trust Company

 

Emeriti and Honorary Trustees

Malcolm Aslin

Emeritus

 
William (Bert) Bates

Emeritus
Of Counsel
Lathrop & Gage, LLP

 
G. Kenneth Baum

Emeritus
Chairman of the Board
George K. Baum Group
*Scholar Benefactor

 
The Hon. Theodore Beckett

Emeritus

 
Angela Bennett

Honorary

 
Bert Berkley

Emeritus
Chairman of the Board
Tension Corporation

 
Henry Bloch

Emeritus
Honorary Chairman of the Board
H&R Block Incorporated

 
Barrett Brady

Emeritus

 

Newton Campbell

Honorary
Executive in Residence
University of Missouri‐Kansas City

 

 
Thomas Carter

Emeritus

William French

Honorary
*Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

Ollie Gates

Emeritus
Owner and Founder Gates BBQ  

Barbara Hall Marshall

Emeritus
Co–Founder
National Museum of Toys/Miniatures
*Scholar Circle member
and Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

 
Robert Peterson

Emeritus

 
John Sherman

Emeritus

MLP Holdings


 
Neil Sosland

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

     
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.”