Distinguished Leaders

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With more than 1,400 distinguished Leadership Kansas alumni and counting, many agree — graduates of the program leave better educated, energized and equipped to shoulder important leadership responsibilities in their careers and their communities.

 

Past program participants include:

  • U.S. Senator Jerry Moran
  • U.S. Congressman Kevin Yoder
  • C.Q. Chandler IV, president, Intrust Bank
  • Sandy Praeger, Kansas Insurance Commissioner
  • John Rolfe, president and CEO, Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Deborah Rose, brigadier general, Kansas Air National Guard
  • David Dillion, CEO, The Kroger Company
  • Dave Murfin, entrepreneur
  • And many other notable Kansas leaders

Alumnus of the Year Award Recipients

1994    David Dillon

1995    Bill Graves

1996    Shirley Martin-Smith

1997    Jeff Turner

1998    Carla Stovall

1999    Dave Lindstrom

2000    Gene Argo

2001    John Rolfe

2002    Andy Tompkins

2003    Jerry Moran

2004    Sheryl Dick

2005    Ron Thornburgh

2006    Roger Fingland

2007    Sandy Praeger

2008    Barbara Carswell & Lon Frahm

2009    Mike O’Neal

2010    J. Russell Jennings

2011    David Adkins

2012    Kent Beisner

2013    Barbara Ballard

2014    Brad Stratton

2015    Kevin Yoder

2016    Dave Murfin

2017    Matt Allen

2018    John Federico

2019   Brigadier Gen. Deborah S. Rose

Class Distinguished Leaders

2005    Fred Jones

2006    Scott Heidner

2007    Brenda McCants

2008    Travis Murphy

2009    Wayne Bell

2010    Mary Hammond

2011    Daron Hall

2012    Clint Robinson

2013    Chris Tymeson

2014    Becky Gray

2015    David Wilson

2016    Elizabeth Ablah

2017    Trey Cocking

2018  Suzanne Lane

2019   Katie Whisman