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FHSU alumni board has new members

Published on -6/21/2013, 9:24 AM

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Special to The Hays Daily News

The Fort Hays State University Alumni Association board of directors this month announced the addition of seven new board members.

They were introduced June 7 at the board's summer meeting in Hays. New to the board are Lea Ann (Scott) Curtis, Topeka; Chad Fowler, Andale; Dr. Eric Grospitch, Overland Park; Mitchell Hall, Anthony; Mike Koerner, Hays; Dr. Ken Ruder, Petersburg, Ky., and Twilla (Brown) Wanker, Holly Lake Ranch, Texas. Curtis, a testing and ADA coordinator with the Washburn Institute of Technology, received a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1976 and a master's in education administration in 1982, both from FHSU. She will serve a four-year term.

Fowler graduated from FHSU with a bachelor's in finance in 1999. He is a compliance manager and vice president with Wells Fargo and will serve a four-year term.

Grospitch, dean of students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, graduated from FHSU in 1993 with a bachelor's in marketing and in 1997 with a master's in counseling and guidance. He was appointed to a four-year term.

Hall received a bachelor's in political science from FHSU in 2005. He is the owner of H2O Drilling LLC and Hall Family Land and Cattle LLC. He will serve a four-year term.

Koerner, operations/systems manager with Eagle Communication, received a bachelor's in information networking and telecommunications, media studies, in 2000, followed by a master's in general studies in 2005, both from FHSU. He was appointed to a four-year term on the board.

Ruder graduated from FHSU in 1962 with a bachelor's in communication. He holds professor emeritus status with Southern Illinois University and will serve a four-year term.

Wanker, a retired elementary school teacher, received a bachelor's in 1957 in home economics. She will serve on the Awards and Recognition committee of the board for a two-year term as a Half Century Club representative.

"These highly talented Fort Hays State alumni bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the FHSU Alumni Board of Directors," said Debra Prideaux, FHSU executive director of alumni and governmental relations. "We are fortunate to have seven of our most talented graduates assist us in furthering the overall success of the association."

Area residents serving on the 2013-14 executive council include Daron Jamison and Mary (Johansen) Martin, both of Hays.

For a complete listing of FHSU alumni board, visit goforthaysstate.com/abod.

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