Park University Imprint Express -- July 22, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Goddard promoted to vice president and general counsel; Hershey appointed vice president for entrepreneurial ventures

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 July 18, as announced by Park President David Fowler.

Courtney GoddardGoddard, 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. 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 HersheyHershey 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. 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.

Read more about the Goddard and Hershey announcement at

Park lands six NAIA Scholar Team designations

Six Park University women’s athletic programs — softball, volleyball, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and soccer — earned spots on the NAIA Scholar Teams list. The list includes squads that achieved at least a 3.0 team grade point average during the 2013-14 academic year. The outdoor track team posted a 3.56 team GPA to lead Park’s contingent. They were followed by the golf team (3.36 GPA), softball (3.35), indoor track and field (3.23), soccer (3.20) and volleyball (3.18). In addition to the six NAIA-recognized scholar teams, two additional programs achieved 3.0-plus team grade point averages — the co-ed spirit squad and the 2014 NAIA National Champion men’s volleyball team.

“We place a great amount of importance on academics in this department and at this institution,” said Claude English, director of athletics. “To have six teams at 3.0 or better is excellent…I’m proud of the effort department-wide, but especially the student-athletes who work hard every day in the classroom before they come to the court or field for practice.” For more information, visit

Jeremy FrancisPark alumnus honored with U.S. Intelligence Community Awards

Jeremy W. Francis, ’03, MPA ’06, Ph.D., was recently awarded the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal and was named a recipient of the 2014 Executive Office of the United States Attorneys Director’s Award for Superior Performance. Francis, a lieutenant junior grade Navy intelligence officer, is assigned to the Information Dominance Corps Midwest European Command detachment 0366 at Fort Sheridan, Ill., and works as a special agent with the FBI in Chicago.

Francis was part of a group of FBI and Department of Justice employees awarded the medal for their work during the National Security Agency-FBI “Homeland Threats Surge,” a multiagency operation marked by two simultaneous, fast-moving counterterrorism investigations 2009. According to the citation accompanying the medal, the investigation led to the unprecedented discovery of a terrorist facilitation network in the United States and highlighted significant investigative accomplishments performed during the investigation.

Dr. Kenneth ChristopherChristopher port security book republished

A book written by Kenneth Christopher, D.P.A., associate vice president for academic affairs, originally published in 2009, was recently published as a second edition in June by CRC Press. The book, Port Security Management, addresses seaports as a key component of critical infrastructure and essential for maintaining global and domestic economies. The book has been fully updated to cover changing legislation regarding federal mandates, securing vessels, cargo security and granting employee credentials, plus a new chapter on intelligence. According to the publisher, the first edition of the book was the second-most downloaded book on CRCnetBASE.

Dr. Steven HallmanHallman, Massoud conference paper on LMS published in journal

A paper written by Steven Hallman, D.B.A., associate professor of management/computer information systems (adjacent photo), and LindaLee Massoud, J.D., adjunct instructor of computer information systems, was recently published in the Proceedings of International Conference on Electronics Engineering and Image Processing and the International Journal on Latest Trends in Electronics and Electrical Engineering. The paper, “Using Learning Management System (LMS) ‘Pools’ to Create an Individualized Assessment for Each Learning Objective at the Appropriate Level of Bloom’s Taxonomy,” presents a methodology that uses auto-graded question technology, built within the Blackboard LMS to achieve the competing objectives of multiple assignments. The paper can be read at

Kay BarnesBarnes presents program on “civic housekeepers”

Kay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership and founding director of the Center for Leadership, presented a program on “Civic Housekeepers and More: Kansas City Women v. Pendergast,” in Kansas City, Mo., on July 20. Barnes told the story of “civic housekeepers” — reformed-minded women in the 1920s and 1930s — who helped in bringing down corruption in city. In advance of the program, Barnes appeared on the KCUR-FM (in Kansas City) show “Up To Date” on July 17.

ShandongUniversity signs MOU with Chinese vocational college

Park University has signed an agreement to work with Shandong (China) Foreign Languages Vocational College. According to Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., dean of Park’s School of Business, the two schools will be working on strategies that will benefit students in both countries, with proposals of various opportunities coming over the next year. In the adjacent photo, representatives from both schools are shown, including David Fowler (center left), Park University president, and Lin Du (center right), SFLVC president, after signing the memorandum of understanding documents.

Little Rock AFBLittle Rock AFB Campus collects supplies for Operation Homefront

Park University’s Little Rock (Ark.) Air Force Base Campus Center collected school supplies during mid-July for Operation Homefront, an organization that assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items and financial assistance. In the adjacent photo, Carol Miles, campus center director, Deborah Vanderpool, assistant director, and Sally Hunter, regional director (from left), are shown with some of the collected school supplies.

Park’s School of Education to host accreditation visit

The School of Education at Park University is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Oct. 26-28, 2014. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered and should specify the party's relationship to the educator preparation provider (such as graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates, etc.).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:
          Board of Examiners
          2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500
          Washington, DC 20036-1023
Or by e-mail to:

Correspondence, which must be received by NCATE no later than three months prior to visit, will be submitted to the EPP for response via NCATE’s Accreditation Information Management System. NCATE will not upload anonymous comments to the BOE team or EPPs.

Park In The News

Four members of the Park University family were featured in The Kansas City Star’s Fall 2014 “Education” section that was published on July 17. Xavielle Brown, junior athletic training major; Aaron Somé, junior business administration/international business major; Clark Collings, junior management major; and Kay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership and founding director of the Center for Leadership, all shared their stories of why they came to Park.

Gina Chambers, Ph.D., director of field experience and assistant professor of education, was quoted in a story that appeared on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s website on July 7. Chambers provided comments about the Annual Performance Report for Educator Preparation Programs.

Brad Kleindl, Ph.D., dean of Park University’s School of Business, was interviewed for a story that appeared on WDAF-TV in Kansas City on July 14. Kleindl provided comments related to the acquisition of Kansas City-based boxed chocolate maker Russell Stover Inc. to Switzerland-based Lindt & Sprüngli AG.

A review of a performance by Behzod Abduraimov, senior applied music/piano major, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl on July 15 appeared in the Los Angeles Times on July 15.

Courtney Goddard, J.D., vice president and general counsel, who was recently named to the 2014 NextGen Leaders class by the Kansas City Business Journal, appeared in the publication on July 18 in a get-to-know her print and video interview. In addition, Brad Sandt, ’06, who was also recently named to the 2014 NextGen Leaders class, was featured in a similar interview for the KCBJ.

Former Park University baseball player Derek Gordon, who recently signed a professional baseball contract with the Kansas City T-Bones, appeared in an interview about his signing on KSHB-TV on July 17.

Park University Board of Trustees member Jeanette Prenger, ’09, president and chief executive officer of ECCO Select, was highlighted in a story that appeared in the July 18 issue of the Kansas City Business Journal. Prenger’s company is slated to begin a $1.04 million expansion of its local headquarters and has plans to create nearly 100 local Internet technology jobs.

Lezley Mix, ’03, was featured in the July 20 issue of The Kansas City Star’s “Star Magazine.” The article was a question-and-answer conversation about Mix being recently appointed as assistant airport manager at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Mo.

W. Travis Forbes, ’98, who was recently appointed as the chief of police in Lee’s Summit, Mo., was highlighted in an article about his background in the July 16 issue of the Lee’s Summit Tribune.

Jerry Jorgensen, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president, Dean Vakas, associate vice president of finance and administration for distance learning, and Erik Bergrud, associate vice president of constituent engagement, represented Park University as part of a “Military Industry Outlook” session for Ingram’s, Kansas City’s business magazine. An article, including comments from Jorgensen, Vakas and Bergrud, and photos, appeared in the July issue of the magazine.

Upcoming Events

(All events are Central time)

     •  Through Sept. 30 --
Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Exhibit: The Life and Legacy of George Shepard Park, McAfee Memorial Library
     •  July 27 -- Summer Session Ends
     •  August 1 -- Julymester Ends
     •  August 7-8 -- New Faculty Orientation, Parkville Campus
     •  August 8 -- Hill Air Force Base (Utah) Campus Center Commencement, noon, Davis Conference Center, Layton, Utah
     •  August 11 -- Faculty/Staff Photo Day, 730-930 a.m., Park Distance Learning Conference Center; 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thompson Commons, first floor
     •  August 11-12 -- Fall Faculty Conference, Parkville Campus
     •  August 15 -- Parkville Campus Residential Student Move-In Day, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
     •  August 15 -- Parkville Campus Parent Orientation, 2-4:30 p.m.
     •  August 15 -- Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Event — American Indian Experiences: Screening/Discussion of “Lost Nation: The Ioway 2,” 7-9 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  August 16 -- Parkville Campus New/Transfer Student Orientation, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
     •  August 16 -- Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Event — American Indian Experiences: Greg Olson and Joyce Big Soldier, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  August 18 -- Fall Semester, Fall I Session begin
     •  August 22 -- Opening Convocation, noon, Breckon Sports Center
     •  August 22 -- Student Activities Fair/All-Parkville Campus Picnic, 1-3 p.m.
     •  August 22 -- Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Event — American Indian Experiences: Screening/Discussion of “We Still Live Here – As Nutayunean”  7-9 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  August 23 -- Platte County, Mo., 175th Anniversary Event — American Indian Experiences, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., McCoy Meetin’ House
     •  September 1 -- Labor Day Holiday (Parkville Daytime Campus closed; Fall I classes held)
     •  September 5 -- Camp Pendleton (Calif.) Marine Corps Base Campus Center Commencement, 3 p.m., Camp Pendleton Base Theater
     •  September 6 -- Fort Myer (Va.) Campus Center / Henderson Hall Headquarters Battalion (Va.) Campus Center / Quantico (Va.) Marine Corps Combat Development Command Campus Center Commencement, 9 a.m., Quantico Command Auditorium

Note: To view a comprehensive schedule for all events, including athletics, visit