Jeff Ehrlich, Ed.D. was appointed interim president of Park University in July 2015 by the University’s Board of Trustees. Ehrlich joined Park in 2011 as associate professor in the Master of Healthcare Administration program within the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs. He served as faculty senate president for two terms, and also served on multiple academic committees including the Student Service Model Task Force, the Graduate Academic Council, the University–wide Academic Program Review, the Retention Task Force, and the Budget Advisory Task Force.
Prior to joining Park, he was assistant professor at the College of Saint Mary, dean of the School of Professional Studies at Peru State College, director of assessment at Midland Lutheran College, vice president of institutional research and assessment at Clarkson College and graduate program director at Friends University. In addition to his experiences in higher education, he brings an extensive range of business acumen with roles including project manager in finance management for Sprint Corporation, internal consultant with Boeing on process re-engineering and business models, and as a clinic administrator in a corporate setting.
Ehrlich earned his doctorate of education in healthcare leadership from the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb. after earning an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Friends University in Wichita, Kan.
Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer
Roger P. Dusing serves Park University as associate vice president and chief human resource officer, directing the human resources and payroll operations for the University, as well as serving as Park's Title IX officer. In addition, he represents the University on the board of the Kansas City Professional Development Council, a consortium of area schools providing faculty and staff development programming.
Dusing joined Park in 2011 after 30 years as a human resources executive and consultant for several Kansas City area businesses. He has literally been on the University’s Parkville Campus his entire life as a student, adjunct faculty member and son of two of Park’s longest tenured employees.
Dusing earned a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Bradley University. He is currently a doctoral student pursuing a degree in business with a concentration in human resources from Northcentral University. Dusing is the board chair for Benilde Hall, a program in Kansas City, Mo., providing housing and treatment to homeless men with addiction and mental health issues. He was recognized as Human Resources Executive of the Year by American Business Media in 2008, and he is the author of I'm Fired?!? A Business-Fable About the Challenges of Losing One Job and Finding Another, a book on job search techniques.
Vice President and General Counsel
Executive staff member Courtney E. Goddard was appointed to the position of vice president and general counsel in July 2014. Goddard previously served the University as associate vice president and general counsel since 2007. Prior to coming to Park, she represented more than 30 colleges and universities in private law practice.
A noted expert in the field of higher education law, Goddard has been a featured speaker at several national conferences for the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She is also a lauded leader in the Kansas City philanthropic community. She has served on multiple civic and charitable boards, including the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the Harvest Ball Society and the St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School, and she served as co-chair of the Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care’s “Champagne and Chocolate” event. In 2014, Goddard was named a “Rising Star of Philanthropy” by Nonprofit Connect, and she was named to the 2014 NextGen Leaders class by the Kansas City Business Journal.
Goddard earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree in criminology from Florida State University. Goddard has also earned a “BV Distinguished” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.
Vice President for Entrepreneurial Ventures
Roger W. Hershey, J.D., L.L.M., vice president for entrepreneurial ventures, joined Park University in 1995 as a member of the Board of Trustees, and served as board chair from 2001 to 2003. In 2004, he became vice president and general counsel, and assistant secretary to the Board. He served the University in this capacity until 2014 before assuming his current position.
Hershey became a member of the Missouri Bar in 1970 after which he served active duty as a lieutenant, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve, from 1970-74. He then practiced law in Butler and Independence, Mo., was an assistant vice president for estate and financial planning at UMB Bank N.A. and served as executive vice president of Asbury Land Title Inc. and its escrow company. Hershey was president and a founding shareholder and director of King Hershey P.C., a Kansas City real estate development law firm established in 1988 until he was employed by Park.
Hershey received his Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from Graceland University, a Juris Doctor (with distinction) in 1970 and a Master of Laws with a concentration in corporate and commercial law in 1976 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. For over 20 years Hershey has been AV Rated by his peers through the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review System. An active participant in economic development, civic and nonprofit groups, Hershey serves on various committees and boards across the Kansas City community, including the Economic Development Corporation (Parkville, Mo.), Enhanced Enterprise Zone (Independence, Mo.), License Surcharge Annual Review Committee, Indy Energy, Park Commission (Independence, Mo.), The Great Rivers Environmental Law Center and The Dominion Home Owners Association Inc.
Provost and Senior Vice President
Executive staff member Jerry D. Jorgensen, Ph.D., was appointed as Park University’s provost and senior vice president in June 2011. He joined Park after 11 years of administrative experience as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at South Dakota State University, where he supervised 150 full-time faculty and provided oversight for undergraduate and graduate programs, including two doctoral programs.
Jorgensen has considerable strategic planning experience, as well as institutional and program accreditation experience, and has coordinated multiple successful fundraising campaigns. Prior to his years as dean, he served as director of the Instructional Technologies Center in the Office of Academic Affairs and as professor/coordinator in the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre at SDSU.
He earned his doctorate degree in communications studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he received his master’s degree and bachelor’s degree, both in journalism and mass communications, from South Dakota State University. He is an honors graduate of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and is a retired colonel with the U.S. Army Reserve. During his time with the military, he was called to active duty as the deputy director of the Army Reserve Communication (Public Affairs) at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Director of Academic Expansion Strategy
William Lawson was appointed director of academic expansion strategy at Park University in June 2015. He is responsible for Park’s academic expansion efforts, including collaborating with the University’s campus center ambassadors.
Prior to joining Park University, Lawson served as the Midwest regional director for Business Executives for National Security, an organization that supports the U.S. government by applying best business practice solutions to its most difficult national security problems. In addition, Lawson serves as a special adviser for the Missouri Office of Homeland Security and chair of the Missouri Public Private Partnership Committee.
Lawson is a seasoned business professional with extensive knowledge and experience in strategic development, homeland security, emergency management and military affairs. He earned a master’s degree in operations research/systems analysis with an emphasis in statistics and probability from Western Michigan University, and he has a bachelor’s degree in organic chemistry from Missouri State University. In addition, Lawson is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.
Vice President for University Relations and Development
Executive staff member Laurie D. McCormack began her duties as vice president for university relations and development at Park in February 2015. Prior to this role, she served as vice president for university advancement since 2008. She has an extensive background in both fundraising and marketing/communications having served as director of marketing and client services for the law firm of Polsinelli, White, Vardeman and Shalton P.C., in Kansas City, Mo., and was manager of community and public relations at Gateway 2000 in Kansas City.
Prior to arriving at Park, McCormack was the assistant vice chancellor of advancement for development at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she directed UMKC’s first-ever nine-figure capital campaign, raising $202.6 million through targeted efforts. She began her fundraising career with the Heart of America United Way as the campaign assistant director, where she raised more than $3.8 million.
McCormack received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from UMKC. She has been an active volunteer for several organizations and currently serves as past president of Nonprofit Connect, and on the executive committee and board of the Truman Medical Centers Foundation. She is a former president of the Southtown Council and its foundation, and a former treasurer and board member of Safehome. In addition, she has served on the United Negro College Fund Kansas City Board of Advisors, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s conference committee and the Safehome Capital Campaign Steering Committee. McCormack is a member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Centurion Leadership Program Class of 2001 and the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge Class of 2010. In 2013, she was named one of KC Business Magazine’s Influential Women.
Chief Financial Officer
Mathew Van Hoesen began his role as a member of the executive staff and as chief financial officer of Park University in January 2015. He has executive level experience in management, business leadership, mergers and acquisitions, and leveraged financing. As a certified public accountant and licensed attorney, Van Hoesen has a proven track record of growing institutional value with a strong acumen in cash flow management, budgeting, forecasting and staff development.
Prior to joining Park, Van Hoesen was general counsel and chief financial officer of a telecommunications company. He began his career path as an associate with the accounting firm CBIZ, and later moved to the local accounting firm House, Park, Dobratz and Wiebler in the role of audit manager.
Van Hoesen has dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and political science from the University of Kansas, where he also completed his Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor in May 2004.
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