Bob Marcusse, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City Area Development Council, will provide the keynote address at Park University’s Kansas City Area May Commencement
on Saturday, May 9. The ceremony will be held at the Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W. Walnut in Independence, Mo., starting at 11 a.m.
More than 555 Park University students are eligible to graduate — 185 students will receive a master’s degree or graduate certificate, and 372 students will receive a bachelor’s degree, associate degree or undergraduate certificate.
Marcusse, who joined the KCADC in 1991, has an extensive background in domestic and international corporate attraction, business growth and retention, and regional marketing. He has spear¬headed major growth initiatives in the region such as the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, KC Animal Health Corridor, KC SmartPort, and KCnext – The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City. During his tenure, KCADC, along with its state and local partners, have attracted companies and have helped expand and create companies that have created more than 60,000 direct new jobs and added more than $8 billion in capital investment to the 18-county, bistate Kansas City region.
His community involvement extends well beyond his role at KCADC. Marcusse serves on the executive committees of KC SmartPort, KCnext, KC Animal Health Corridor and Central Exchange, and he is a member of the University of Kansas Edwards Campus Advisory Board, the University of Missouri Economic Development Cabinet, the KU Endowment board, the listing review committee for BATS (the country’s third largest stock exchange) and the Calvin College alumni board.
Marcusse is a past chair¬man of the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute, and he has held leadership positions with the Columbus (Ohio) Area Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Council for the Peoria, Ill., area, Battle Creek (Mich.) Unlimited and the Inland Port Authority of South Central Michigan and Foreign Trade Zone #43.
Marcusse earned a Master of Science degree from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Calvin College.