Terry Bassham, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Great Plains Energy and Kansas City Power and Light Co., will provide the keynote address at Park University’s Kansas City Area December Commencement
ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 13. The ceremony will be held at the Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut in Independence, Mo., starting at 11 a.m.
More than 380 Park University students are eligible to graduate — 149 students are scheduled to receive a master’s degree or graduate certificate, and 234 students are scheduled to receive a bachelor’s degree, associate degree or undergraduate certificate.
Prior to being named to his current position in June 2012, Bassham served as KCP&L’s executive vice president of finance and strategic development and chief financial officer, and most recently as executive vice president of utility operations. He was instrumental in leading KCP&L through its comprehensive energy plan, an ambitious initiative that included building 100 megawatts of wind power, installing environmental retrofits at several generating facilities and constructing KCP&L’s Iatan (Mo.) Generation Station Unit 2, an 850-megawatt coal-fired power plant. Bassham also helped transform KCP&L’s business through the sale of Strategic Energy and the acquisition of Aquila, which doubled the company’s workforce and significantly increased its service territory.
Before joining KCP&L in March 2005, Bassham served as executive vice president, CFO and chief administrative officer for El Paso (Texas) Electric Co. where he oversaw the financial, treasury, regulatory and administrative functions. He joined EPEC in 1996 as general counsel with responsibility for legislative affairs, regulatory affairs and corporate governance.
Active in the Kansas City area community, Bassham serves on several boards, including Guadalupe Centers Inc., the Kansas City Symphony, United Way of Greater Kansas City, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Linda Hall Library and win/win, an initiative of Central Exchange.
Bassham earned a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington.