David M. Fowler, who served as the 16th president of Park University from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, will present a discussion on “Achieving Diversity Totality” on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. Joe Reardon, J.D., president and chief executive officer of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and former mayor of Kansas City, Kan. (2005-13), will moderate a question-and-answer session following Fowler’s remarks. The event is a part of the University’s 2017-18 “Year of Diversity” series of events.
Fowler, an advocate for diversity in the Kansas City community, will reflect on Park’s history of diversity and he will share his personal observations of diversity while serving as the University’s president. In addition, he will relate his diversity observations from his 36-year career at KPMG LLP and from the business community as a whole, including addressing the benefits of developing an organizational capacity to leverage diversity as a resource to enhance learning and growth.
Fowler, a lifelong Kansas City resident, is a well-known business leader with local and national prominence. Prior to being appointed Park University’s president, he retired from KPMG in 2013 as the Kansas City office managing partner, then served three years as the national chair of the KPMG Retired Partner Council. Fowler is actively involved in the community and has served on numerous boards of directors of various charitable and civic organizations, including the American Royal; Boy Scouts of America Heart of America Council, United Way of Greater Kansas City, The Children’s Place, Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City Area Development Council and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. He also served as co-chair of the Kansas City International Airport Terminal Advisory Group, an appointment by Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James.
For more information on Park’s “Year of Diversity,” visit www.park.edu/diversity.