Foundation board elects business and civic leader Terry Dunn chair

The UMKC alumnus and longtime supporter and volunteer replaces Betsey Solberg who chaired the board for two years


Aug. 7, 2015

The University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation board of directors has elected Terry Dunn, a UMKC alumnus and Kansas City business and civic leader, as its new chairman.  

Dunn, who has served on the foundation board since 2010, replaces Betsey Solberg, who served as chair for two years. Solberg remains an active member of the board.  

Dunn said he has long supported the university financially and as a volunteer because he believes it has great potential to provide new leaders and exciting opportunities to the Kansas City community.

The UMKC Foundation is playing a vital role in the institution’s current success, he said.  

“I am honored to be serving as chairman of the foundation board,” Dunn said. “Since its inception, the foundation has been in the front helping UMKC excel by providing the resources it needs to hire top educators and researchers, attract the best students, and create a physical campus that is second to none. As chairman of the foundation board I will do all I can to continue these efforts so UMKC can continue its upward trajectory.”  

Steven P. Norris, UMKC Foundation president, expressed thanks to Dunn for stepping into the leadership role. He also praised Solberg for her work as chair.

“Betsey has pushed and refined this organization in amazing ways,” Norris said. “Her clear vision and high expectations have made this foundation stronger and better able to do its job supporting UMKC. We are grateful that she will continue to offer her expertise and time as a board member.”  

Dunn, who earned his MBA at UMKC in 1973, had a 41-year career at JE Dunn Construction. Under his leadership, the company was consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top contractors. He recently stepped down as the company’s president and chief executive to serve as chair of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.  

Dunn and his wife Peggy Dunn have long been among the university’s top supporters. In May UMKC honored the couple with the 2015 Chancellor’s Medal, the university’s top honor for volunteerism.

The Dunns have served UMKC in countless ways, including as members of the capital campaign steering committee and by funding a special 80-seat tiered classroom at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management.  

The 16-member foundation board, which Dunn now chairs, oversees the UMKC Foundation, a separate but affiliated enterprise that is devoted to raising funds for the university, and for exercising fiduciary responsibility over endowments and other philanthropic investments made to UMKC.