The William Jewell College Board of Trustees has a new leader and four new members.
Susan Chambers, former executive vice president and chief human resource officer for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has been named chair of the Board of Trustees. John Gill, president of Gill Family Investments and a 1979 William Jewell graduate, completed his three-year term as chair of the Board of Trustees, and will remain on the board as the immediate past chair. In addition, Sarah Fidler Rowland, Dr. Todd E. White and Dawn Akers Stout have joined the Board as trustees, while Jonathan Kemper has joined as an advisory trustee.
Susan Chambers, Chambers Consulting, has been a member of the Jewell Board of Trustees since 2010. The 1990 William Jewell alumna retired from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in 2015 as overseer of the world’s largest private workforce. For five straight years, she was named to Forbes magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.” Before joining Wal-Mart in 1999, she had worked with Hallmark Cards for 14 years. She also has served on numerous boards, with current positions on the Arkansas State Board of Education, USA Truck and Economics Arkansas.
Sarah Fidler Rowland is director and chair of Lead Bank, a business-focused community bank. She has served as board chair of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and on the boards of the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Ballet, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, the Kansas City Landmarks Commission and 20 years as chair of the American Royal Horse Show. A graduate of Smith College, Rowland worked at Condé Nast and Harvard University Press before moving to Kansas City with her late husband, Landon, in 1962.
Dr. Todd E. White is the superintendent of Blue Valley (Kan.) Schools. His 30-plus years in education include superintendent positions with the Harrisonville and North Kansas City school districts. He was named 2015 Missouri Superintendent of the Year by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association and the 2013 Outstanding Superintendent by the Missouri Association of School Administrators. He is a member of the William Jewell Class of 1985.
Dawn Akers Stout is the vice president and general counsel of the Fluor Corporation, a global engineering and construction firm near Dallas. Before joining Fluor, she worked as an associate at the law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP, where she oversaw public and private, international and domestic mergers/acquisitions and securities, including being an integral part of the Enron bankruptcy and assets sale. She is a recent member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Dallas and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas. She is a member of the William Jewell Class of 1993.
Jonathan Kemper is the vice chair of Commerce Bancshares Inc. and the chairman of Commerce Bank – Kansas City Region. He also serves as non-executive chair of Tower Properties Company and co-trustee of the William T. Kemper Foundation. Regionally, he is president of the Kansas City Public Library Board and has served on the Chamber of Commerce board and Kansas City Downtown Council. Nationally, he is a member of the Smithsonian National Board and a former member of the Federal Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Board.