Appointed & Elected Members

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 either appointed or elected as determined by our corporate bylaws and member handbook. Currently, the CIO (or equivalent) at each Kansas Board of Regents Institution will appoint a director from their institution to serve on the Board. The appointed Board positions number no more than one half of the total Board makeup. Other Directors are elected by the entire membership. With the exception of the appointed seats, 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.

Regent University Directors

8 appointed seats

Angela Neria

Pittsburg State Unviersity

Cory Falldine

Emporia State University

Gary Pratt

Kansas State University

Jim Tagliareni

Washburn University

Keith Neufeld

Wichita State University

Finance Committee Chair

Mark Griffin

Fort Hays State University

Board Chair

Mary Walsh

University of Kansas

Steve Selaya

University of Kansas Medical Center

Community College Directors

2 elected seats

Michelle Kaiser

Barton Community College

Board Chair-Elect

Sandra Warner

Johnson County Community College

Membership Committee Chair

Private College & University Directors

1 elected seat

Matt Lindsey

Kansas Independent College Association and Fund

K–12 School District Directors

2 elected seats

Kevin Brokaw

Silver Lake USD 372

Walter Wehr

Wellsville USD 289

Library Director

1 elected seat

Jeff Hixon

State Library of Kansas

At-Large Directors

2 elected seats

Sr. Diana Seago

Mount Saint Scholastica

Tyler Palmer

Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Personnel Committee Chair

Local & County Government Director

1 elected 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

Diana Seago

Mount Saint Scholastica

Betsy Draper

Kansas State University

Paul Sommer

City of Ottawa

Jay Byers

City of Pittsburg

Mark Griffin

Fort Hays State University

Board Chair

Michelle Kaiser

Barton Community College

Board Chair-Elect

Cort Buffington

KanREN

President

Erica McDiffett

KanREN

Secretary

Personnel Committee

Tyler Palmer

LMH Health

Chair

Angela Neria

Pittsburg State University

Greg Dressman

Kansas State University

Jeff Hixon

State Library of Kansas

Mark Griffin

Fort Hays State University

Board Chair

Michelle Kaiser

Barton Community College

Board Chair-Elect

Cort Buffington

KanREN

President

Finance Committee

Keith Neufeld

Wichita State University

Chair

Jim Tagliareni

Washburn University

Matt Lindsey

Kansas Independent College Association and Fund

Walt Wehr

Wellsville USD 289

Mark Griffin

Fort Hays State University

Board Chair

Michelle Kaiser

Barton Community College

Board Chair-Elect

Cort Buffington

KanREN

President

Chris Crook

University of Kansas

Treasurer

Erica McDiffett

KanREN

Secretary

Executive Committee

Mark Griffin

Fort Hays State University

Board Chair

Keith Neufeld

Wichita State University

Sandra Warner

Johnson County Community College

Tyler Palmer

Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Michelle Kaiser

Barton Community College

Board Chair-Elect

Cort Buffington

KanREN

President

Erica McDiffett

KanREN

Secretary

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