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Columbia College Board of Trustees

Walter E. Bixby III '82

Chair
Kansas City, MO
Bio 

Walter (Web) E. Bixby III ’82 began his term as chair of the Columbia College Board of Trustees on July 1, 2016. He has served as a member of the board since 1991.

Bixby, who serves as executive vice president and vice chairman of the board of Kansas City Life Insurance Company, graduated from Columbia College with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He was promoted to assistant vice president of Kansas City Life in 1985, vice president of marketing in 1990 and president of Old American Insurance Company, a subsidiary, in 1996. Most recently, Bixby was also elected to the board of the Kansas City Police Employees’ Retirement Systems.

Bixby supports his alma mater as a trustee and as director of the J.B. Reynolds Foundation, established in honor of his great-grandfather. He served as the national steering committee chair for the Columbia College Tradition Meets Tomorrow campaign, which raised more than $11 million, and is a member of the Ivy Chain Circle of the President's Society. 

Bixby is the son of the late Walter E. Bixby Jr., a college trustee emeritus, and the late Mary Martha Musser Bixby ’51. Bixby's son, James Philip Bixby, also graduated from Columbia College in 2005.

Helen (Dale) Coe Simons '65

Vice Chair
Driftwood, TX
Bio 

Dale Simons earned an associate degree from Christian College in 1965 and later attended the University of Texas, where she earned a political science degree in 1967. At Christian College, she served as junior class president and president of Campus Community Government. She has continued to support Columbia College in the years since, both as a donor and as a member of the Alumni Association, where she served as the board president from 2009 to 2011. She is currently serving on the Columbia College Capital Campaign Steering Committee.

Simons has extensive experience in non-profit management and governance and has worked with organizations including the Foundation for Women's Resources, the Marbridge Foundation, Communities in Schools of Central Texas, the Governor's Committee on Volunteerism, and the Texas Department for the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities. She has served on the national boards of the Association of Junior Leagues International and Children's Research Triangle.  She is a board member of Leadership Women, Collaborative Care for Kids, and she chairs the Grants Committee for the Kappa Alpha Theta National Foundation.  She is currently volunteering at the George W. Bush Institute where she assists with the International Women's Initiative chaired by former First Lady Laura Bush. 

Simons is married to Dr. James K. Simons, DDS. The couple has three children and eight grandchildren. Simons' mother, Helen (Boo) Cates Neary, attended Christian College in 1937 and is a member of the Ivy and Oak Circle of the President's Society.

Simons is a member of the Trustees Circle of the President's Society. She and Neary are the first mother and daughter to be inducted together into the President's Society.

George W. Hulett, Jr.

Treasurer
Columbia, MO
Bio 

George Hulett, a trustee since 2009, is president of Hulett Heating and Air Conditioning, which has been in his family for more than 90 years.

Growing up in Columbia, Hulett was a baseball star at Hickman High School and later at the University of Missouri, where he captained the 1962 team and led the Tigers to the College World Series before being signed by the Kansas City A's. He graduated in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in business, majoring in accounting. Hulett has been a member of the Foster Grandparent Program’s Advisory Board for 40 years. 

In 1991, Hulett endowed the Hulett Family Criminal Justice Graduate Study Scholarship. He is a member of the Dorsey Chapel Circle of the President's Society. He started as treasurer of the Columbia College Board of Trustees on July 1, 2016.

He is married to Jeanne Hulett; the couple resides in Columbia. Their children, Alan and Joy, graduated from Columbia College in 1984 and 1992, respectively. His grandmother attended Christian College during the 1894-95 school year.

Jolene Marra Schulz '61

Secretary
Columbia, MO
Bio 

Jolene Schulz earned an associate degree from Christian College in 1961, followed by a bachelor’s and Master of Education from the University of Missouri. She has taught kindergartners and college students alike, including some at Columbia College, where she was an adjunct professor from 1998 to 2001.

Schulz served 34 years as an administrator for Columbia Public Schools and has held board positions with many organizations, including the National Association of Partners in Education, the Central Missouri Leadership Board of Directors, the Missouri Community Service Commission (appointed by the governor), the National Association of States Service Association (as a representative for the state of Missouri), Columbia Junior Achievement Board, the University of Missouri College of Education Advisory Board and Achievement Board, the University of Missouri Jefferson Club Board of Trustees, the Ronald McDonald House Charities Board, the Columbia Community Foundation Board,  the Voluntary Action Center Board and the Mid-Missouri Tourism Council Board.  She is also a Columbia Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.

Schulz has won numerous awards, such as the Columbia College Alumni Association’s Community Service Award, the University of Missouri College of Education’s Citation of Merit for Outstanding Achievement and Meritorious Service in Education, the University of Missouri Faculty-Alumni Award, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Outstanding Community Educator Award, the Hazel Riback Volunteer Director of the Year Award for the State of Missouri, the National Association of Partners in Education Director of the Year Award, the Columbia Public Schools Fund for Academic Excellence Outstanding Community Education Award, the Voluntary Action Community Leader Award, the Outstanding Young Women of America Award and Who’s Who in American Education. She is a member of the Columbia College Founder’s Circle of the President’s Society and was inducted into the Columbia Public Schools Foundation Hall of Leaders.

Schulz presently is a co-owner of Tiger Trolley Tours, which offers “A New and Fun Way to See and Explore Columbia.” She was named secretary of the Columbia College Board of Trustees in July 2016. 

Lynne Stuver Baker '64

Trustee
Independence, MO
Bio 

Lynne B. (Stuver) Baker earned her associate of arts from Columbia College in 1964, followed by her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Missouri in 1966 and master’s degree in counseling and guidance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1973. She also earned a bachelor's degree in social work at the University of Central Missouri in 1996 before finishing an additional master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas in 1998.

Baker has served on the Columbia College Alumni Association Board of Directors since 1991, acting as the board's first vice president from 1993 to 1995 before serving as president from 1995 to 1997. She also has served on several committees and currently is the chair of the nominating committee. Baker also served on the Columbia College Board of Trustees as an Alumni Trustee from 1997 to 2006.

Baker will soon retire from a career in counseling and education in the Independence, Mo., public school district. She now operates a part-time life counseling service, Heart to Heart Counseling and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Missouri and Kansas.

Lex Cavanah

Trustee
Marceline, MO
Bio 

Lex Cavanah, general manager of Walsworth Pre-Press and Donning Company Publishers, is a 1980 graduate of Truman State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physics. After college, Cavanah joined Walsworth Pre-Press (which is located in Marceline, Missouri) and worked his way up through the ranks of the company. In his role, Cavanah oversees operations at one the nation’s 50 largest printing companies, which has offices in Brookfield, Missouri, Overland Park, Kansas and Saint Joseph, Michigan.

Cavanah is very active in his community, is involved with his church, the Marceline Public Schools and the Marceline Chamber of Commerce. Cavanah’s daughters, Kensie ‘11 and Kaitlyn ‘13, are graduates of Columbia College.

Judy Cunningham '64

Trustee
Phoenix, AZ
Bio 

Judy Cunningham graduated from Christian College in 1964 with an associate degree in liberal arts. She also received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Central Missouri State University and a master's in educational psychology from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

Cunningham has helped educate students of all ages and needs in Hawaii and Missouri. She coordinated special education projects for the University of Missouri and the state of Missouri that focused on helping school districts educate students with disabilities.

Cunningham has held multiple positions with the Columbia College Alumni Association. She endowed the First Christian Church of Columbia, Mo., Christian College Scholarship to honor and advance her parents' values of philanthropy and education; she assisted with the development of the Emerging Leaders Institute, which prepares students for active roles in the community; and in 2011 she was the CCAA Service Award winner. Cunningham is a member of the Dorsey Chapel Circle of the President's Society.

Jerry Daugherty

Trustee
Columbia, MO
Bio 

Jerry Daugherty, president and owner of Reinhardt Construction, is a 1970 graduate of the University of Missouri, where he was a member of the golf team. Daugherty earned a bachelor's degree in wood products and construction and became a full-time project manager for Reinhardt after graduating. He and his wife, Mary, became sole owners of the company in 1995. Daugherty's professional achievements are scattered throughout mid-Missouri – schools, banks, health care centers, government centers, churches, restaurants, grocery stores and exclusive residential projects.

Daugherty is a member of the Rotary Club, a director of U.S. Bank and a board member and elder of First Christian Church, where his family has attended for more than 40 years. Daugherty serves on the college's Board of Trustees Finance Committee. He is a member of the Charter Circle of the President's Society.

Dr. Kenneth Felts

Faculty representative
Columbia, MO
Bio 

Kenny Felts received his B.S. (Mathematics, 2001), M.S. (Applied Mathematics, 2003) and Ph.D (Mathematics, 2009) from the University of Missouri. He taught as a graduate student at the University of Missouri from 2001-2008 and joined Columbia College in the Fall of 2008. His wife, Kathy, works at the University of Missouri in Institutional Research. They have two children.

Mathematical areas of particular interest include Dynamical Systems and Real Analysis.

Daisy Willis Grossnickle '66

Trustee
Columbia, MO
Bio 

Daisy Willis Grossnickle has been involved with Columbia "Christian" College since she arrived on campus in 1964. She volunteered as a student recruiter and served on the alumni board after earning her associate's degree in 1966. She has served as a co-chair for the Annual Fund and is a member of the President’s Society at the Charter Circle level. Grossnickle became a member of the Board of Trustees of Columbia College in 1982, and has served on the technology, facilities and educational policies committees. She served as secretary of the board, and in 2005, she was elected as the first woman to chair the Board of Trustees. As chair, she currently serves on the executive, finance, Tradition Meets Tomorrow campaign steering and nominating and by-laws committees.

This is the third time Grossnickle has been involved in a presidential search at Columbia College. She previously served on the search committees for Dr. Donald Ruthenberg and Dr. Gerald Brouder. In 1991, she received the Columbia College Service Award from the National Alumni Association.
Grossnickle has extensive experience in the volunteer sector. She is one of the founders of "Mothers of Pre Schoolers," a dynamic program designed to nurture mothers of children from birth to age six in Columbia, Mo., and served in the role of "Titus Woman" as a mentor to young mothers for several years. Grossnickle was instrumental in developing the Memorial Prayer Garden at Missouri United Methodist Church and served as its chair for numerous years. She completed a one-year study program to become a Stephens Minister, a trans-denominational Christian education organization that provides training and resources to strengthen and expand lay ministry in a congregation. Since 1964 she has been a continuous member of the Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia.

Grossnickle's Columbia community service includes: member of Ted Boehm Sheriff's Employee Scholarship Fund, board member of the American Cancer Society, vice president and president of Jefferson Junior High School Parent Teachers Association, past president, for Devotional Leader and current member of Margie Rogers King's Daughters Circle. In 2005, Grossnickle was instrumental in establishing Optimus – The Center for Health. Optimus promotes a healthy lifestyle by providing lifestyle guidance based on clinical research in the health and fitness field. She also has been a member of the Institutional Review Board at Boone Hospital Center since 1983.

Grossnickle manages real estate trusts and properties. She is married to Gary "Skip" Grossnickle; they have two daughters, Gayla Grossnickle Miller '90 and Sarah Grossnickle Swindle '96.

Lieutenant General Richard C. Harding

Trustee
Columbia, MO
Bio 

The son of a U.S. Air Force officer and grandson of a naval officer, Lt. Gen. Richard C. Harding is a 1975 graduate of the University of Arkansas J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and a 1979 graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Harding was awarded a direct commission in the U.S. Air Force as a first lieutenant in 1980. He rose through the ranks of the Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) over the next few decades and served as the staff judge advocate to six separate commands.

From 2007 to 2010, he served as the commander of the Air Force Legal Operations Agency, where he implemented changes that improved legal services in environmental, contract, labor, criminal and medical law.  

In 2009, his Legal Information Services team won the W. Edwards Deming Award for an impressive workforce development and training initiative, the first time an Air Force team received this prestigious government award.

In 2010, he was promoted to lieutenant general and became The Judge Advocate General (TJAG) of the Air Force. Harding created the Special-Service-Award-winning Special Victims' Counsel Program, which provides victims of sexual assault with independent attorneys. In 2013, the Secretary of Defense directed other military services to follow this program and to provide Special Victims' Counsel assistance to service members who are survivors of military sexual assault.
 
During his tenure as TJAG, Harding led the charge for writing the Air Force Directive, as well as the Air Force Instruction on standards of conduct.

In addition to his other firsts, Harding created the premier Training and Readiness Office for the Air Force JAG Corps. The inspection process created under his leadership is credited with a worldwide improvement in Air Force legal services and serves as a model for other services to adopt.

Harding's retirement from the U.S. Air Force was effective April 1, 2014. He currently assists universities and interest groups in eradicating campus sexual assaults by utilizing his military experience. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the National Crime Victims' Legal Institute.




Mitchell R. Humphreys, MD

Trustee
Phoenix, AZ
Bio 

Mitchell R. Humphreys, MD, earned his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Missouri, where he also attended medical school. He completed his internship and residency as an instructor of urology at the Mayo Clinic, followed by a fellowship in advanced laparoscopy and endourology at Indiana University School of Medicine.

As a full faculty member and associate professor at the Mayo Clinic and Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., Dr. Humphreys is involved in a number of innovative research initiatives, including a multi-institutional, NIH-funded group study, designed to detect and treat a variety of kidney stone diseases. He is a founding member of a new international research consortium that pools resources to address pressing clinical research questions and he founded a non-for-profit group to deliver advanced medical care globally to places in need, such as Haiti. He has won several awards, including the Outstanding Young Physician Award and the Patients' Choice and Compassionate Doctor Recognition Awards for 2011 and 2012.

June M. Hurdle '83

Trustee
Columbia, MO
Bio 

June Hurdle, a native of West Liberty, Iowa, attended Columbia College and earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion design in 1983. While a traditional day college student June participated in the Jane Froman Singers and Double Sextette vocal music groups and served as a Student Admissions Officer and Campus Ambassador.

Several years after graduation she returned to the college - first working as an Admissions Officer and then as Assistant Dean of Admissions. While working, at the college June studied business administration in the Evening program.

Moving to Northern California in 1987, June worked as a real estate agent, earning the GRI, (Graduate Realtor Institute), designation. She and her husband, Bob, operated a large, multi-state construction company for 20 years before selling the business and returning to Columbia. Currently June and her husband are self-employed as developer/builders of Linkside at Old Hawthorne, a new 55+ residential community in Columbia, Missouri.

Hurdle is an active volunteer at the college and in the community. She has participated in the Columbia College Alumni Association’s Visioning Committee and served as the Vice Chair for the National Campaign Steering Committee for the Traditions Meets Tomorrow Campaign. She is a member of the Ivy and Oak Circle of the President’s Society.

In the past she has served as the president of the PTSA at Jefferson Jr. High School, Rock Bridge High School and on the board of the Missouri State PTA. She served as president of her King’s Daughters Circle and currently serves as the Vice President of the King’s Daughters City Union. She is a member of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and The Crossings Church congregation. She and Bob have two children, Blake, a 2014 graduate of Columbia College, and Katie, a college student at Southern Methodist University.

Christina Ingoglia

Faculty representative
Columbia, MO
Bio 

Christina Ingoglia received her Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Reations from Cornell University in 2003 and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Wyoming in 2009. She joined Columbia College in the fall of 2010. She primarily teaches creative writing and composition courses for the English program. Her creative writing areas of interest include creative nonfiction and short fiction. Christina proudly serves as co-advisor to the Columbia College Literary Review, a national literature and art journal edited by Columbia College students. 

Her husband, David, works for the state of Missouri in the Office of Administration. They have one child, Lillian Rose.

 

William J. "Bill" Johnston '82

Trustee
Columbia, MO
Bio 

Bill Johnston graduated from Columbia College in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and currently is an account executive for Shelter Mutual Insurance Co. in Columbia, Mo., where he has worked since 1983. Bill earned his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation in 1999 and also holds the Associate in Reinsurance and Associate in Information Technology designations.

Johnston has served on the Columbia College Alumni Association Board of Directors extensively for more than 22 years, serving as the association's secretary/treasurer from 1997 to 1999, and as president from 2005 to 2007. He also has sat on several committees and is the current co-chair of the bylaws committee. Johnston is a member of the Ivy and Oak giving circle at Columbia College.

He enjoys assisting with Knights of Columbus events in his spare time, as well as traveling, playing golf, attending Columbia College men's and women's basketball games, and spending time with his wife, Janice, and two children, Kim and Brad.

David Russell, Ph.D.

Trustee
Columbia, MO
Bio 

Dr. David R. Russell joins the Columbia College Board of Trustees after distinguished careers in the higher education world and the U.S. Army. 

Russell retired in March 2016 after spending nearly six years as Commissioner of Higher Education for the state of Missouri and CEO for the Missouri Department of Higher Education, in which he was responsible for policy in a system that serves 430,000 students attending both public and independent two- and four-year colleges and universities. As commissioner, Russell oversaw initiatives aimed at eliminating barriers to college completion for Missouri’s students, making a college education attainable and affordable and promoting career pathways in such high-demand areas as the sciences, education and the health professions. 

Prior to his appointment  as state commissioner, Russell spent nearly 20 years working for the University of Missouri System as associate director of university relations (1991-2000), director of university relations (2000-04), and chief of staff (2004-09). He was appointed a general officer and senior associate vice president of the University in 2009. He provided leadership in planning, facilitating and coordinating activities of the office of the president with members of the board of curators, general officers and the university’s internal and external stakeholders. 

Before starting his academic career, Russell completed a highly decorated, 22-year Army career as a commissioned officer, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1991. He held command and staff positions in combat infantry, personnel management and public affairs, including stints as chief of media initiatives in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army and Army spokesman and media relations desk officer in the Office of the Secretary of the Army at the Pentagon.  Russell’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal for Valor and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Henderson State University, a Master of Arts in Communications from The American University in Washington, D.C., and a doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Russell and his wife, Lee, live in Columbia and have six sons and 11 grandchildren.


Reverend Brad Stagg

Trustee
Columbia, MO
Bio 

Rev. Brad Stagg is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has served as the senior minister of Columbia's First Christian Church since July 2012. Previously, he worked at Bethany Christian Church in Houston, Texas.

Stagg earned a bachelor's in humanities at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, in 1987. In 1993, he received his Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.  

Gary Tatlow

Trustee
Columbia, MO
Bio 

Gary Tatlow, retired law firm partner at Tatlow, Gump, Faiella and Wheelan, is a 1961 graduate of the University of Missouri, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Juris Doctor. Tatlow enjoyed a long and distinguished career in trial practice and received the Missouri Attorney General’s Outstanding Citizen Award.  He was also named an ‘advocate’ by the National College of Advocacy and the America Trial Lawyers Association.

Tatlow also has been active at his alma mater, serving on the University of Missouri College of Arts and Sciences development board and the university’s national campaign steering committee. In 2002, his service to the university was recognized when he received the Alumni of the Year Award from the University of Missouri Alumni Association.

Over the years, Tatlow forged a deep connection to Columbia College through his wife, Marilyn (Silvey) Tatlow, a 1960 alumna of Christian College, who passed away in 2005.

Carol Winkler '93

Trustee
Columbia, MO
Bio 

Carol Winkler has served on the Board of Trustees since 2006. She also has served as a volunteer on multiple committees across campus including the re-accreditation committee, Science Initiative Campaign, athletics trustee committee, reunion weekend, homecoming and the Hall of Fame. Winkler has served as Columbia College Alumni Association president and board member. She is a member of the Ivy and Oak Circle of the President's Society.

Originally from Grandview, Mo., Winkler graduated from Columbia College summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in business in 1993. She is a Certified Professional Secretary, a designation granted after a rigorous two-day, six-part exam. She is currently a plan administrator at MFA Retirement Plans. She and her husband, Darrell, reside in Columbia. They have two children, Kelly and Shannon.

Janet Carter Wright '58

Trustee
Columbia, MO
Bio 

Janet Carter Wright, a native of Hannibal, Mo. graduated from Christian College in 1958 with an associate's degree. She received the Columbia College Service Award in 1992 for outstanding service to the college.  She has served on the Education Policy and Student Life committees of the Columbia College Community. She is a member of the Trustee's Circle of the President's Society.  Wright was recently elected to the position of secretary to the Columbia College Board of Trustees.

A life-long equestrian, Wright competed on the Christian College riding team. She has also been a board member of the First Baptist Church, King's Daughters, United Way and the Country Club of Missouri.

Columbia College Trustees Emeriti

Dates of Service as a
Columbia College Trustee
Mr. Thomas E. Atkins, III, Columbia, MO 1976 – 2001
Mrs. Mary S. Branton, Kansas City, MO 1978 – 1985
Mr. Gary Drewing, Columbia, MO  1999 – 2015 
Mr. William D. Eckhoff, Columbia, MO 1987 – 2000
Mr. Bo M. Fraser, Columbia, MO 1986 – 2002
Mr. Don L. Landers, Columbia, MO 1996 – 2012
Mr. Robert W. Maupin, Columbia, MO  1984 – 2013
Mr. R Marvin Owens, Columbia, MO 1975 – 2010
Mrs. Peggy L. Price, Springfield, MO 1975 – 2008
Mr. Richard S. Pryor, Grand Junction, CO 1988 – 1996
Mr. John A. Schiffman, St. Louis, MO 1987 – 2007
Mr. Daniel L. Scotten, Columbia, MO 1993 – 2011
Mrs. Martha J. Toler, Columbia, MO 1980 – 2004
Rev. Dr. John J. Yonker, Columbia, MO  1992 - 2012