Rite of succession

Officers, directors begin terms July 1 on national board

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L: Dave Roland | R: Jay Kerutis

Members of the Association’s national Board of Directors met May 6-7 in Lawrence and elected officers and new directors, who began their terms July 1.

Dave Roland, e’80, Shorewood, Minnesota, will lead the Association as the 2019-’20 national chair after serving as the 2018-’19 chair-elect. He is president of NDC Technologies and serves on the advisory board for the School of Engineering. He joined the Association’s board in 2015 and has chaired the Strategic Communications, Technology and Records Committee as well as the Nominating Committee. He also represented alumni as a member of the 2017 Chancellor Search Committee appointed by the Kansas Board of Regents. Roland and his wife, Vyonne, are Presidents Club donors and have attended Rock Chalk Balls in Kansas City. He is a Life Member of the Association.

Roland succeeds John Ballard III, b’73, Overland Park, who remains on the board as immediate past chair.

Jay Kerutis, c’82, Mesa, Arizona, was named chair-elect for 2019-’20. He retired from his career as a computer software professional. He rose through the ranks at Digital River Inc. to become president of the software and digital commerce services division. As a student, he competed for KU as a swimmer and, as team captain, led the Jayhawks to two conference championships. He organized a 25-year reunion of his teammates. A Life Member and Presidents Club donor, he joined the board in 2016 and has chaired the Revenue Development Committee and served on the Executive Committee. He is married to Pat Caldwell.

The six new directors include:

Julie Garney Andrews, j’95, of Waukee, Iowa, is chairman of the board and vice president of business development of Briarcliff Development Co., a real estate sales and management firm based in Kansas City, Missouri. She also owns The Event Pros, a company that offers custom event planning for worldwide travel and hospitality firms’ corporate events. Earlier in her career, she worked in public relations, sales and marketing for the Kansas City Chiefs. Julie and her husband, Chris, j’92, are Presidents Club donors, and they have three sons.  

Joseph Courtright, p’89, of Little Rock, Arkansas, is a second-generation pharmacist who grew up in Baxter Springs, where his father, William, p’54, owned Milo Chew Drug Store. From his early career as a staff pharmacist at May’s Drug Stores, Courtright advanced to become CEO of USA Drug Stores, then the nation’s fourth-largest retail pharmacy. After orchestrating the sale of the company and its subsidiaries to Walgreens, he is now principal of the investment corporation Dale Capital Partners. The School of Pharmacy in 2017 awarded Courtright its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. He has served on the School of Pharmacy Advisory Council. He is an Association Life Member and Presidents Club donor. For KU Endowment, he is a member of the Jayhawk Faithful and the Chancellors Club. He has hosted numerous alumni and admissions events at his home. 

Allen Fee, c’84, Hutchinson, joined Fee Insurance Group, a family-owned business established in 1883, and now leads the firm as CEO. He is an Association annual member and a Presidents Club donor, and he serves on KU Medical Center’s 4-Wichita Advancement Board’s executive committee. He has supported the Williams Education Fund of Kansas Athletics and the School of Medicine-Wichita, and he is a member of KU Endowment’s Jayhawk Faithful. Allen and his wife, Kriss, assoc., have two sons and a daughter who are KU alumni and a son who is a current student.

Jacqueline Sloan Hall, b’75, of Sublette, president of the Sublette insurance firm Hall & Associates, is a longtime KU volunteer in her community. She and her husband, Sterling, b’75, were honored as 2006 recipients of the Mildred Clodfelter Award. She dedicated more than 25 years of service to the Kansas Honor Scholars Program, raising money, personally encouraging students and their families to participate, and attending each event in her area. She also is a longtime legislative advocate through Jayhawks for Higher Education. Hall returns to campus often for activities of the Association, Kansas Athletics, the School of Business and the School of Music. She is a member of Jayhawks for Higher Education and, for KU Endowment, the Chancellors Club and Jayhawk Faithful. The Sterlings are Life Members and Presidents Club donors. They have two sons, one of whom is a current KU student, and a daughter.

Clint Rogers, b’98, ’19, of Ellsworth, a business administration and advertising graduate who is currently working toward his KU master’s in business administration, is president of Cashco Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of a broad line of industrial products. Since his promotion from executive vice president in 2011, he has led Cashco through an expansion into global markets by building an international sales team, and he has been instrumental in the expansion of its product line. He is a Life Member and Presidents Club donor and an active volunteer with the North Central Kansas Network, participating in events in both Ellsworth and Salina. For KU Endowment, he is a member of Jayhawk Faithful. Clint and his wife, Dimity, assoc., have one son.

Jody Bosch Sellers, p’81, of Council Grove, a U.S. Army pharmacist who works as a PharmD at Irwin Army Community Hospital, earned a doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Florida in 2007. She is a Life Member and Presidents Club donor who received a 2011 Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award for her longtime volunteer service. She has assisted the Kansas Honor Scholars Program, Jayhawks for Higher Education and the School of Pharmacy Advisory Council, and she is a donor to KU Endowment and the Williams Education Fund. Jody and her husband, Rick, assoc., have a son and a daughter, both KU graduates.

Six directors retired from the board June 30:

Kevin Carroll, assoc., Jupiter, Florida, who led the Association as national chair from 2017 to ’18; 

Carrie Coulson, b’02, l’05, New York City;

Cory Lagerstrom, c’94, g’98, l’98, Prairie Village;

Cindy Emig Penzler, c’81, m’85, Lawrence; 

Al Shank, b’77, Liberal; and

Timothy Trump, b’80, l’83, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Each year the Association invites nominations for new directors. Nominations will be accepted from Jan. 1 through March 1, 2020. The Nominating Committee meets in April to select a slate for individual consideration and election by the board at its spring meeting. The board meets three times annually in Lawrence.

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