Park University’s School of Business Presents UMB President Peter deSilva for Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Peter deSilvaSept. 11, 2013 — Park University’s School of Business will host its 6th annual Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Peter deSilva, president and chief operating officer of UMB Financial Corp., on Monday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

deSilva, who also serves as president of UMB Bank and is chairman of UMB Fund Services, presented the inaugural lecture in the series in 2008 about the U.S. mortgage crisis. This year, he will focus on the recent global economic crisis, particularly discussing the implications and the recovery process over the last five years.

“deSilva has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of finance company leadership positions, including leading a $2.4 billion market capitalization company through the financial storm created during the 2008 economic crisis,” said Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business.

deSilva, who has significant leadership and managerial experience across multiple areas of financial services, joined UMB in January 2004. He is directly responsible for most of UMB’s revenue producing business units and product lines, including Scout Investments, UMB Fund Services, UMB Financial Services Inc., Consumer Banking, Global Asset Management and UMB Healthcare Services and Payment Solutions.

A member of Park University’s Board of Trustees, deSilva is an active member of the Kansas City community, serving organizations such as the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Students in Free Enterprise and MRIGlobal. In addition, he has led fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Boy Scouts of America, Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee, Boys and Girls Club, Rose Brooks, University Academy, Starlight Theater and the United Way of Greater Kansas City. deSilva is also leading the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce to make Kansas City “America’s most entrepreneurial city.”

The School of Business Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series is designed to bring together leading business executives, policy experts and respected scholars to address major issues concerning industry, economic environment, entrepreneurship and globalization. The series allows business executives the opportunity to share their experiences and perspectives with students, faculty, staff and alumni at the University, as well as the general public.


Please note: Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel has restricted physical access. Park University wants to make available to everyone access to all programs and activities conducted in this building. Requests for physical access accommodations should be addressed in a timely manner to Park University’s Office of Campus Safety at (816) 584-6444. Park University will make all reasonable modifications to ensure that individuals with physical challenges have an equal opportunity to enjoy all programs and activities.