June 21, 2004

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Contact: Jennifer Jackson Sanner, Kansas Alumni Association, (785) 864-4760.

Kansas Alumni Association begins national search for president, CEO

LAWRENCE -- The Kansas Alumni Association at the University of Kansas has named a committee to conduct a nationwide search for the association's new president and chief executive officer, Dr. Linda Duston Warren, national alumni chair, announced today.

Robert Driscoll, Mission Woods, who led the association's board of directors during 2002-03, will chair the search committee. Other members include:

-- Frank Becker, Lawrence, chair of the KU Endowment Association
-- Larry Borden, Colorado Springs, Colo., who on July 1 becomes Alumni Association chair
-- A. Drue Jennings, Leawood, who on June 30 completes his five-year term on the Alumni Association board. Jennings served last year as interim athletics director at KU and helped recruit current athletics director Lew Perkins
-- David Shulenburger, KU provost and executive vice chancellor
-- Warren, Hanover, who on June 30 completes her term as Alumni Association chair

In May the Alumni Association board announced the appointment of KU Chancellor Emeritus Del Shankel as interim president and CEO during the search process. Shankel succeeded Fred B. Williams.

Warren estimated that the search would require three to six months. "With Del's superb leadership and extraordinary history at KU, we are confident that the association will be in good hands as we take the time we need to find exactly the right person to guide the association in the years ahead," she said.

The Alumni Association, founded in 1883, is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening communication and loyalty among KU graduates, former students, current students, parents and other friends of the university. More than 45,000 alumni and friends are association members.

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