Park University Promotes Goddard to Vice President and General Counsel; Hershey Appointed Vice President for Entrepreneurial Ventures

Monday, July 21, 2014


July 21, 2014 — Park University has promoted Courtney E. Goddard, J.D., to the position of vice president and general counsel, and Roger W. Hershey, J.D., L.L.M., has been appointed vice president for entrepreneurial ventures, effective today, as announced by Park President David Fowler.

Courtney GoddardCourtney E. Goddard, J.D.
Goddard, who has been employed in the University’s Office of General Counsel the last seven years, previously served as associate vice president and general counsel. 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 slated to be a featured presenter on risk analysis in higher education at the American Conference Institute’s Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Forum on Higher Education Law in Chicago in October.

Goddard 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. This past spring, Goddard was named a “Rising Star of Philanthropy” by Nonprofit Connect, and earlier this month, she was named to the 2014 NextGen Leaders class by the Kansas City Business Journal.

“I am thrilled to take on this leadership role at Park University,” Goddard said. “Working with Roger these past seven years has been an enriching and rewarding experience. His unwavering dedication to Park University was evident to me from day one, and I will always remember to put Park first as he always has in my work going forward as vice president and general counsel.”

Hershey said that he is pleased that Goddard is succeeding him, noting that “I have enjoyed working with her as a colleague and have full confidence in her ability to handle the job.”

As vice president and general counsel, Goddard will head an office that advises the University’s Board of Trustees, president and executive staff regarding governance and legal issues, regulatory matters, business transactions, contractual relationships, real estate interests, policy formulation and compliance, litigation, dispute resolution, collective bargaining and other human resource matters. OGC attorneys also represent the University before state courts, administrative agencies, regulatory bodies, municipal boards, commissions and in various transaction-related negotiations. They also coordinate the work of outside legal counsel retained to represent the interests of the University in judicial and administrative proceedings.

Roger HersheyRoger W. Hershey, J.D., L.L.M.
Hershey previously served the University as vice president and general counsel since 2004. Prior to joining Park, he was president, shareholder and a director of King Hershey P.C., a Kansas City real estate development law firm.

He was a member of the Park University Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2004, serving as board chair for two years, a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Business and Endowment Committee. Hershey also served as the president of Park University Enterprises Inc., a nonprofit corporation affiliated with the University, and was a member of its Board of Directors from 2002 to 2006.

In 2003, Hershey received the 2003 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Independence, Mo., Chamber of Commerce for community service and leadership in the passage of Independence streets and parks sales taxes in 1997, 1998 and 2003, and the city’s street excise tax in 2000. He also received the 2002 Civic Leadership Award from the Missouri Municipal League and the mayor of Independence for business and civic leadership in the development of the city. In 2010, he served as chairman of “Vote Yes for Independence,” a committee that campaigned for the non-sunset renewal of the Independence parks and storm water sales taxes, which was renewed in August 2010.

An active participant in civic and nonprofit groups, Hershey serves or has served in various leadership roles with the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, the Independence Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board of Directors, the Independence License Surcharge Annual Review Committee, the Parkville, Mo., Economic Development Corporation, the Independence Chamber of Commerce, Independence Citizens for Streets and Parks, Independence Council on Economic Development, Independence Park Commission, Mid-America Regional Council Metro Green Civic Leadership Board, Rotary International, Scandinavian Association of Greater Kansas City, Sierra Club, Jackson County (Mo.) Historical Society, Sierra Club Foundation and Vote Yes for Independence.

As vice president for entrepreneurial ventures, Hershey is charged with leading implementation of the portion of the University’s strategic plan, Park's Promise, which calls for leveraging Park’s resources and monetizing its assets to achieve its financial goals. This will include developing the remainder of the Parkville Commercial Underground to add space for additional tenants, helping to better align the educational activities of the University and its affiliate Park University Enterprises Inc. (doing business as Fred Pryor Seminars), and working on other existing and new entrepreneurial enterprises.

“I look forward to the expansion of Park’s entrepreneurial ventures and the creation of new ones,” Hershey said. “This will be exciting work.”

Fowler said, “One of the top priorities at Park will be to maximize non-tuition revenue attributed to the Parkville Commercial UndergroundFred Pryor Seminars and other yet-to-be-identified opportunities. With his institutional knowledge and experience, Roger is uniquely qualified to lead this effort.”