For only the second time in its 83-year history, the Kansas Board of Regents has two women filling the top two leadership positions at the same time.
The nine-member board elected Donna Shank of Liberal as its new chairperson and Jill Docking of Wichita as the new vice chairperson during its meeting June 12th.
Shank was originally appointed to the Board by Governor Bill Graves in 2002 and reappointed by Governor Kathleen Sebelius in 2007. She previously served as the Board’s Chair from 2005-2006, as the Vice Chair from 2004-2005 and from 2007-2008, and has served as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.
“I am honored to serve as Chair and look forward to working with the Board as we move forward with our strategic planning, seek to address critical workforce shortages, examine ways to enhance resources while identifying efficiencies, and continue efforts to provide high quality, accessible, affordable higher education opportunities to students,” Shank said in a statement.
Docking was appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents by Sebelius in 2007. She is the Vice President of Investments with A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., in Wichita. In 1999, Docking founded the Financial Fitness Foundation and currently serves as President. She serves on two boards at the University of Kansas – the Hall Center for the Humanities and the Finance Committee of the School of Business. And, in Wichita, she serves on the board of the Kansas Food Bank and the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation.
“Over the next decade higher education will be a critical engine in driving economic development in Kansas,” Docking said in a statment. “All the work and partnerships the Kansas Board of Regents engage in are exceedingly important in helping to develop that engine. I cannot think of a greater honor than to be elected by my peers and to serve in this leadership role.”
Shank and Docking will both serve one-year leadership terms.