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KU Endowment trustees elect chair, vice chair and new trustees

At its 119th annual meeting Oct. 22, the KU Endowment Board of Trustees appointed A. Drue Jennings as board chair, reappointed Judge Deanell Reece Tacha as vice chair and elected five new trustees. Jennings replaces Kurt Watson, of Wichita, whose four-year term ended.

A. Drue Jennings, of Prairie Village, graduated from KU with a bachelor’s in education in 1968 and a law degree in 1972. He is senior counsel with the law firm Polsinelli Shughart PC in Kansas City, Mo. He is a director of Crown Media Holdings and of Midwest Research Institute. Previously, he worked for Kansas City Power and Light from 1974 to 2001, serving as CEO from 1988 to 2000 and as board chair from 1990 to 2001.

Judge Deanell Reece Tacha, of Lawrence, graduated from KU in 1968 with a bachelor’s in American studies and earned a law degree at the University of Michigan in 1971. Since 1985, she has served as a federal judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, and was chief judge from 2001 to 2007. In 1974, she joined the KU School of Law faculty, becoming associate dean in 1977. In 1981, she was appointed KU’s vice chancellor for academic affairs, a position she held until 1985.

Sheri Welter Hauck, of Arroyo Grande, Calif., graduated from KU in 1981 with a bachelor’s in business administration. Hauck retired from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, where she was group controller.

Jay Howard, of Austin, Texas, graduated from KU in 1979 with a bachelor’s in accounting and business administration. He earned a law degree in 1982 at the University of Texas-Austin. Howard is president of JDH Investments, LLC.

Robert S. Kaplan, of New York, N.Y., graduated from KU in 1979 with a bachelor’s in business administration and received a master’s in business administration from Harvard University in 1983. Kaplan is a professor at Harvard Business School. 

Reginald L. Robinson, of Lawrence, graduated from KU in 1980 with a bachelor’s in political science and with a law degree in 1987. He is a professor of law and director of the Center for Law and Government at Washburn University in Topeka. From 2002 until 2010, Robinson was president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents.

Bradford T. Sanders, of Bellaire, Texas, graduated from KU in 1979 with a bachelor’s in business administration. Sanders is executive vice president of Koch Industries Inc. in Houston.

KU Endowment is the official fundraising and fund-management foundation for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

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