Park University Board of Trustees Announce Interim President

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


David FowlerAnn Mesle, chair of the Park University Board of Trustees, and her fellow trustees are pleased to announce the appointment of David Fowler as the interim president of Park University. Fowler will join the Park community on Tuesday, July 1, and will serve as interim president until the 16th president of Park University is hired. A Board-appointed Presidential Search Committee will soon be announced and that group will be responsible for launching an international presidential search. Fowler has indicated he would not be a candidate for the permanent position.

Fowler, a lifelong Kansas City resident, is a well-known business leader with local and national prominence. He brings an extensive range of business acumen which includes proven leadership experience as a strategic business innovator. Before retiring last year, he had served as the managing partner of KPMG in Kansas City for the final 13 years of his more than 36-year career with the firm. In the managing partner role, he positioned KPMG with strategic commitments and methodologies that led to national recognition and responsibility. Under Fowler’s leadership, the Kansas City office of KPMG was consistently ranked at or near the top of more than 80 offices across 21 major markets nationwide for employee satisfaction, performance, client service and community involvement.

A respected leader in the Kansas City community, Fowler has served on multiple civic and charitable boards, including the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, and he was the board chair for the Kansas City Area Development Council. Most recently, Fowler served as the co-chair of the Kansas City International Airport Terminal Advisory Group, an appointment by Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James. In that extensive project, Fowler was responsible for leading the analytical discovery related to the complex assessment of the KCI Airport facility.

In the upcoming months, Fowler's charge at Park will be to engage with the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Michael Droge, Ph.D., faculty, staff and other Park stakeholders as he reviews the University's Park's Promise, and evaluates the current operations associated with that strategic plan. He will provide the administrative leadership to analyze and address institutional challenges, and to develop short- and long-term strategies to further position Park University as a noted and successful national higher education leader.

"I am honored and excited to assume a leadership role with Park University, one of the Kansas City area's longtime, high quality education institutions, to combine two of my personal priorities: community service and career development of our underserved citizens, Fowler said. “When you also include one of Park University's specialty niches of serving our military personnel across the country and around the world, it is a very compelling opportunity that I could not pass up."

“Park University plans to leverage its successes and its position from recent years to address the complex and global changes in the evolving higher education model,” said Mesle. “We believe David will be an important contributor to help guide the planning, organizing and the implementation of the goals within Park’s Promise.”

A University of Missouri-Columbia graduate, Fowler is married to Beth, and they have four children and three grandchildren. His hobbies include outdoor adventure and travel.

Interim President Fowler's office will be in Mackay Hall (the president's office) on the University's Parkville Campus and Chancellor Droge's office will be located at the Park University Downtown Kansas City (Mo.) Campus Center at 911 Main.