UMKC Foundation welcomes new board members

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Foundation welcomes board members Dr. James J. Duderstadt, Terrence Dunn, Thomas D. Hyde, Natalie “Nikki” Krawitz and John J. Sherman. On March 11, they officially joined Alan Atterbury, Tom Bloch, Janice Kreamer, Leo E. Morton, John Readey, Betsey Solberg, Charles Sosland and Hugh Zimmer as board members.

“We’re very pleased to welcome these five outstanding individuals as new board members of the UMKC Foundation,” said Alan Atterbury, chairman of the UMKC Foundation board. “Their experience, enthusiasm and expertise will serve the Foundation and UMKC very well, as we move forward to support the university in these challenging times.”

Dr. James J. Duderstadt serves as president emeritus and professor at the University of Michigan. He also serves as director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy program at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and founding director of The Millennium Project. He has written more than 20 books on higher education, engineering and science.

Dr. Duderstadt received a Master of Science degree in Engineering Science and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Physics from the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Duderstadt was on the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s Blue Ribbon Task Force that published the “Time to Get It Right: A Strategy for Higher Education in Kansas City” report. He authored its most recent report – “The View From Year Five.”

Terrence Dunn serves as president and chief executive officer of J.E. Dunn Construction Co. He also serves as chairman of the Greater Kansas City Board of Directors’ Civic Council, vice chairman and director of the Kansas City Industrial Foundation and on the board of directors for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

At UMKC, Dunn is a Robert H. Flarsheim Society member and serves on the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration‘s executive round table and Rockhill Board of Directors. He has served as co-chair of a UMKC capital campaign (2000-2007) and president of the Bloch School’s advisory board.

Dunn received an MBA from UMKC.

Thomas D. Hyde serves as executive vice president – legal, compliance, ethics and corporate secretary for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Previously, he served as senior vice president and general counsel for Raytheon Co. He has served on the board of directors for Vail Resorts, Inc., the Center for Environmental Leadership and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Urban League.

At UMKC, Hyde has served on the School of Law Minority Advisory Board and UMKC Law Review. In 2004, he received the UMKC Law Alumni Achievement Award.

Hyde received a Juris Doctor degree from UMKC.

Natalie “Nikki” Krawitz serves as vice president for finance and administration for the University of Missouri System. Previously, she served as controller of the UM System. A certified public accountant, Krawitz has more than 25 years of experience in higher education. She has served in the public and private sectors as a tenured faculty member, academic administrator and vice president for finance and administration.

Krawitz also serves as a board member of the Council on Government Relations, a member of the Research University Council of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, a board member of Stephens College and a member of the President’s Council of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Krawitz received a master’s degree in special education from Columbia University Teachers’ College and a master’s degree in accounting from UM-Columbia.

John J. Sherman serves as a UMKC Trustee and founder, chief executive officer and president of Inergy, L.P. Sherman began his career in the propane industry with Ferrellgas in 1984. From 1991 to 1996, he served as president of LPG Services Group, a company he co-founded and guided to become one of the nation’s largest wholesale propane marketers. LPG Services Group was later acquired by Dynegy, where Sherman served as vice president until founding Inergy.

He serves on the board of directors for Consumer Growth Partners, the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City and Great Plains Energy, Inc., where he also serves on the audit and governance committees.

At UMKC, he received the Bloch School’s 2009 Regional Entrepreneur of the Year award. He also recently established The Sherman Family Foundation Scholarship at UMKC.

For more information about the UMKC Foundation, visit

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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