Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from KanREN member institutions. All user communities are represented in the make-up of the Board, and the Board composition is modified over time to stay consistent with the membership.

Directors are elected as determined by our articles of incorporation and bylaws. Directors serve renewable two-year terms, and are elected by the membership at the KanREN Annual Meeting held each April.

KanREN member sites are encouraged to contact board members at any time with concerns or to raise issues for discussion by the Board.

Backbone Member Directors

9 seats

Mary Walsh

University of Kansas

Board Chair

Doug Polston

Emporia State University

Gary Pratt

Kansas State University

John Haverty

Washburn University

Matthew Holmes

Johnson County Community College

Mark Griffin

Fort Hays State University

Keith Neufeld

Wichita State University

Finance Committee Chair

Angela Neria

Pittsburg State Unviersity

Steve Selaya

University of Kansas Medical Center

Community College Directors

2 seats

Michelle Kaiser

Barton Community College

Karla Armstrong

Garden City Community College

Private College & University Directors

1 seat

Matt Lindsey

Kansas Independent College Association and Fund

Board Chair-Elect

K–12 School District Directors

2 seats

Jared Pickerell

Jared Pickerell

Troy USD 429 & Doniphan County Schools

Joe Sample

Marais des Cygnes Valley USD 456

Library Director

1 seat

Jeff Hixon

State Library of Kansas

At-Large Directors

2 seats

Sandra Warner

Johnson County Community College

Membership Committee Chair

Tyler Palmer

Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Personnel Committee Chair

Local & County Government Director

1 seat

Paul Sommer

City of Ottawa

Board Committees

Several standing committees exist to develop policy and make recommendations to the board, who, depending on the level of decision, either approve it as a Board, or recommend a membership vote. The board Chair and Executive Director serve on all committees. Some committee participants are not directors, but are invited to serve by the board of directors.

Membership Committee

Sandra Warner

Johnson County Community College

Chair

Matthew Carver

Kansas State University

Paul Sommer

City of Ottawa

Jay Byers

City of Pittsburg

Mary Walsh

University of Kansas

Board Chair

Matt Lindsey

Kansas Independent College Association and Foundation

Board Chair-Elect

Cort Buffington

KanREN

President

Erica McDiffett

KanREN

Secretary

Personnel Committee

Tyler Palmer

LMH Health

Chair

Angela Neria

Pittsburg State University

Gregory Flax

Kansas State University

Jeff Hixon

State Library of Kansas

Mary Walsh

University of Kansas

Board Chair

Matt Lindsey

Kansas Independent College Association and Foundation

Board Chair-Elect

Cort Buffington

KanREN

President

Finance Committee

Keith Neufeld

Wichita State University

Chair/Treasurer

Mary Walsh

University of Kansas

Board Chair

Matt Lindsey

Kansas Independent College Association and Foundation

Board Chair-Elect

Cort Buffington

KanREN

President

Erica McDiffett

KanREN

Secretary

Executive Committee

Mary Walsh

University of Kansas

Board Chair

Matt Lindsey

Kansas Independent College Association and Foundation

Board Chair-Elect

Keith Neufeld

Wichita State University

Chair/Treasurer

Sandra Warner

Johnson County Community College

Tyler Palmer

Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Cort Buffington

KanREN

President

Erica McDiffett

KanREN

Secretary

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