Park University Imprint Express -- July 11, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

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David FowlerPark University Board of Trustees announce interim president

Ann 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 joined the Park community on 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.

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.

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

Best Value CollegesPark University designated a 2014 Best Value School

Park University is one of 20 colleges/universities nationwide to receive a Best Value School distinction by University Research & Review, an organization created by former college/university presidents, provosts, professors and chief executive officers to recognize unique and reasonably priced American universities and colleges. Park is the only college/university based in the Kansas City region to earn a spot on the list, and is one of two Missouri schools to make the list. UR&R examined 3,000 colleges and universities based on criteria established by higher education experts. The organization weighed net cost, uniqueness and student satisfaction to determine the top 20 schools for distinction. A major factor for consideration was special programs for specific groups, such as those serving the military. In the adjacent photo, Joseph Schmoke, UR&R founder (left), is joined by Clarinda Creighton, Park University associate vice president for student affairs, and Jerry Jorgensen, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president. For more information, visit

Courtney GoddardGoddard selected NextGen Leader by Kansas City publication

Courtney Goddard, J.D., associate vice president and general counsel, has been named to the 2014 NextGen Leaders class by the Kansas City Business Journal. The program is designed to celebrate the accomplishments of those honored, as well as to provide exposure to the present generation of area leaders and help them build connections. Goddard was recognized for playing a profound role in maintaining Park’s outstanding reputation as a higher education leader in the community and country. She extends her talent and contributions in the Kansas City are as an avid volunteer and recognized philanthropist, providing leadership to a multitude of charitable organizations.

Derek GordonRecent Park graduate Gordon signs professional baseball contract

Pitcher Derek Gordon, a four-year starter on the Park University baseball team who compiled a school record 24 career victories for the Pirates, recently signed with the Kansas City T-Bones, which competes in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. In Gordon’s starting debut on July 5, he pitched a complete game four-hit shutout as the T-Bones defeated the Sioux Falls Canaries, 10-0. Read more about Gordon’s signing at

Park campus centers hold commencement ceremonies

Park University campus centers throughout the country have been holding commencement ceremonies for 2014 graduates. As these ceremonies are held, we’ll include the list of graduates at each campus in the Imprint Express.
          •  Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus
          •  Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base Campus

Park’s School of Education to host accreditation visit

The School of Education at Park University is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Oct. 26-28, 2014. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered and should specify the party's relationship to the educator preparation provider (such as graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates, etc.).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:
          Board of Examiners
          2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500
          Washington, DC 20036-1023
Or by e-mail to:

Correspondence, which must be received by NCATE no later than three months prior to visit, will be submitted to the EPP for response via NCATE’s Accreditation Information Management System. NCATE will not upload anonymous comments to the BOE team or EPPs.

Human Resource Services announces new hires, transfers/promotions

From June 1-30

          •  Kadie Burton, Administrative Specialist, Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center
          •  Christopher Carrington, Campus Safety Officer, Department of Campus Safety, Parkville Campus
          •  Maryann Felice, Administrative Specialist, Defense Supply Center Columbus (Ohio) Campus Center
          •  Nina Gruhler, Administrative Specialist, Beaufort (S.C.) Marine Corps Air Station Campus Center
          •  Karen Lawhorne, Director, Randolph Air Force Base (Texas) Campus Center
          •  Erin Martin, Payroll Specialist, Office of Human Resource Services, Parkville Campus
          •  Jonie Murphy, Administrative Specialist, Holloman Air Force (N.M.)Base Campus Center
          •  Shannon Nichols, Administrative Specialist, Scott Air Force Base (Ill.) Campus Center
          •  Tekinah Sanders, Assistant Director, Mountain Home (Idaho) Air Force Base Campus Center
          •  Deanne Shaddrick, Assistant Director, Malmstrom Air Force Base (Mont.) Campus Center
          •  Tammy Simons, Administrative Specialist, Whiteman Air Force Base (Mo.) Campus Center

          •  Misty Colston, Information Distribution Specialist, Park Distance Learning, Parkville Campus (previously served as administrative specialist)
          •  Stephen Estabrook, Technical Support and Inventory Specialist, Office of Information Technology Services, Parkville Campus (previously served as technical support specialist)
          •  Stacy Johnson, LMS Support Administrator, Park Distance Learning, Parkville Campus (previously served as information distribution specialist)
          •  Anna Whitehead, Associate Director of Academic Services, Fort Bliss (Texas) Campus Center (previously served as assistant campus center director)

Park In The News

Frances Wohlfert, ’44, was featured and appeared in a photograph for a story that appeared in The Litchfield County (Conn.) Times on June 26. Wohlfert was a part of the first graduating class at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, Conn., and was among those honored during a celebration of the school’s 75th graduating class.

Park University was highlighted in a number of articles in the special “MBA & Education” section that appeared in the July 8 edition of The Kansas City Star. Michael Becraft, D.Mgt., Edward F. Lyle professor of finance and director of the graduate program in business, was quoted in stories related to how earning a Master of Business Administration degree can impact professional and personal life, universities offering career support for graduate students, and how post-MBA certificates can add value to degree programs.

Behzod Abduraimov, senior applied music/piano major, was recognized as one of Limelight magazine’s “30 Brilliant Musicians Under 30.” Limelight is Australia’s classical music and arts magazine.

An article written by Rick Schumacher, ’11, MPA ’14, “Thinking About a Career in Emergency Management? Consider a Degree First,” appeared on the website Task & Purpose on July 9.

Road ConstructionParkville Campus area traffic advisory

The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced that Route FF (NW River Road), which begins on the west side of downtown Parkville, Mo., will be closed to all through traffic between NW Crooked Road and just west of NW Homer White Road (just east of the Walnut Creek Subdivision) for maintenance. The project is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 14, and is slated to be completed on Oct. 4. Road closure dates are subject to change based on construction progress, weather and other factors. Local access to residences and businesses in the area will be maintained, but those who commute through the area to/from Park University's Parkville Campus will need to find an alternate route. For more information, visit

Pirate Café opening July 15

Due to a group visiting Park University's Parkville Campus for an extended period, the Pirate Café, located on the second floor of Thompson Commons, will be open for breakfast and lunch from Tuesday, July 15, through Wednesday, Aug. 6 (unless otherwise posted). Special hours during this period will be: breakfast, 8 to 9 a.m.; lunch, 1 to 2 p.m. The price is $7 per person, for all-you-can-eat meals, but using the CINCH card, the price is just $5.75. For questions, contact Kathleen Robey, general manager of Park's Sodexo Campus Services, at / (816) 584-6395.

Add immunizations to your back-to-school checklist

A new school year will be here soon. Parents and guardians registering children for school need to make sure children are up-to-date on their immunizations. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri law requires that children in kindergarten through 12th grade receive immunizations to protect against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. This helps protect everyone — children, teachers, staff and the community as a whole. In Missouri, a child’s immunization record must be presented at school. State regulation specifies that an individual cannot attend until all required immunizations are current. The MDHSS provides back-to-school tools and resources to remind parents/guardians to get children immunized before school starts. For more information, visit For those outside of Missouri, connect with your state or local health organization.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through Sept. 30 --
Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Exhibit: The Life and Legacy of George Shepard Park, McAfee Memorial Library
     •  July 27 -- Summer Session Ends
     •  August 1 -- Julymester Ends
     •  August 7-8 -- New Faculty Orientation, Parkville Campus
     •  August 8 -- Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center Commencement, noon, Davis Conference Center, Layton, Utah
     •  August 11-12 -- Fall Faculty Conference, Parkville Campus
Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit