UMKC Foundation honors Regnier family with annual Award of Distinction

Bob and Ann Regnier, co-chairs of The Campaign for UMKC, accepted the award at the foundation's annual dinner


Oct.9, 2015

The University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation has presented its third-annual Award of Distinction — the “Seeds of Learning” award — to Bob and Ann Regnier and the entire Regnier family for their dedication to UMKC.

Bob and Ann Regnier, who are co-chairing The Campaign for UMKC, a capital campaign that has raised more than $270 million for the university, accepted the award at the foundation’s annual dinner on Oct. 1.

Through their time and financial commitments, the Regniers have generously and enthusiastically supported UMKC for many years, Terry Dunn, chair of the UMKC Foundation board, said when presenting the award.  

“We thank them for their hard work — and for their willingness to stand up and speak up for UMKC,” Dunn said. “The Regnier family has generously supported UMKC with gifts that will touch our students for generations to come.”

In addition to co-chairing The Campaign for UMKC with Tom and Vina Hyde, Bob and Ann Regnier have dedicated many hours and dollars to the university, Dunn said.

In 2012, the Regnier Family Foundations, established by Bob Regnier and his siblings, Victor and Catherine, to honor their parents, gave $3 million to endow the Regnier Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. The family also named the Institute’s annual Venture Creation Challenge — the Regnier Venture Creation Challenge — with an annual gift in 2007.

Bob, who earned his MBA from UMKC in 1978, has served as president and chief executive of the Bank of Blue Valley since its formation in 1989. He is actively involved at UMKC, including as an e-Mentor and as a member of the Bloch Finance Advisory Board. In 1996, Bob was given the Bloch School’s alumni achievement award, and in 2014 he was named to the Bloch School’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Ann Regnier is an accomplished civic leader and supporter of numerous community organizations, including Kansas City Public Television (KCPT) and the Liberty Memorial.

The foundation presents its “Seeds of Learning” award each year to individuals who have demonstrated loyalty to the university. The two previous recipients include Henry W. Bloch and Julia Irene Kauffman.

More than 100 donors and members of the University of Missouri System Board of Curators and MU System President Tim Wolfe attended the foundation’s annual dinner, which was held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to honoring the Regniers, the dinner was an occasion to celebrate the success of The Campaign for UMKC, which reached — and surpassed — its $250 million fundraising goal a full year earlier than expected.

“We have so many reasons to celebrate at UMKC,” said Steven P. Norris, foundation president. “But as we’ve said many times in the last few weeks, we also still have a lot of work to do. Before we wrap up this capital campaign, I am confident we can do even more to strengthen UMKC, for its students and faculty, and the entire community.”

The UMKC Foundation, launched in 2009, is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves as the official fundraising and fund management organization for UMKC.