Meet Dean Klaas

While he’s only been on the Bloch School scene a short time, Brian Klaas, Ph.D., is ready to make his mark on UMKC and Kansas City. Klaas comes to Bloch from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, a school with a number of nationally ranked programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

In addition to his duties as dean of the Bloch School, Klaas is also a professor of management. Bloch faculty and staff are excited to have Klaas’ leadership in driving the Bloch School to the next level of success. And when he’s not on campus, you can be sure to catch him around Kansas City — embracing all the community has to offer.

First impression of Kansas City?

It’s a gem flying under the radar. Outstanding community spirit, positive public and private sector engagement, entrepreneurial energy — all combine with an extremely high quality of life. KC also has easy access to world-class museums, farmer’s markets, performing arts venues and professional sports.

Favorite Kansas City barbecue restaurant? Thus far at least?

To this point, I have been to Gates, Joe’s Kansas City, Jack Stack and Q39. There is no way to identify a favorite among that group — all were amazing. I loved the ribs at Gates and Joe’s, the Crown Rib and beans at Jack Stack and the brisket and burnt ends at Q39. Recently, Henry Bloch suggested a few that were on his list of favorites. I can’t wait to make my way through the rest of the list.

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Bloch Hires Assistant Director of Development

Jonnae Hill will join Jeff Chapman, Assistant Vice President of the UMKC Foundation, on the fundraising team as the Assistant Director of Development.

Hill has a strong fundraising background, coming to UMKC after serving as a Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer at Rockhurst University since May 2013.

Prior to that, she spent five years as a Community Manager in Income Development with the American Cancer Society.

“Jonnae’s enthusiasm, professional background and established network will be great assets as we continue to build relationships, making the Bloch School and UMKC stronger,” Chapman said.

Hill will be located in Bloch Heritage Hall 221, and can be contacted beginning Feb. 15 at hilljonnae@umkc.edu or  816-235-2791.