KU Endowment board elects Dillon, Docking to leadership positions

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KU Endowment, at 1891 Constant Ave., is shown in this Journal-World file photo from Nov. 23, 2016.

The KU Endowment Board of Trustees has elected new leadership and members.

The board elected David Dillon as chair, William Docking as vice chair and two other KU alumni as trustees. Dillon succeeds Deanell Reece Tacha, who had served as chair since 2014.

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David Dillon is the new chair of the KU Endowment Board of Trustees

Dillon, of Mission Hills, was student body president at KU, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business in 1973, and a law degree from Southern Methodist University. He was named CEO at Kroger Co., the parent of Dillons grocery stores, in 2003 and elected chairman of the board of directors in 2004. He retired in 2014. He was elected to the KU Endowment board in 1991.

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Bill Docking will serve as vice-chair of the KU Endowment Board of Trustees

Docking, of Arkansas City, received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1973 and an MBA and a law degree in 1977, all at KU. He is chairman of Union State Bank and president, chairman and CEO of Docking Bancshares, both in Arkansas City. He was a member of the Kansas Board of Regents and was elected to the KU Endowment board in 1985.

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John Brandmeyer has been named a new member of the Kansas University Endowment Board of Trustees

New trustee John Brandmeyer, of Leawood, graduated from KU in 1993 with bachelor’s degrees in business and psychology. He also earned an MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a computer information systems degree from Devry University. Brandmeyer is the CEO of Brandmeyer Enterprises, a holding company with interests in financial service, real estate, technology and other businesses. He is a member of the School of Business Board of Advisors.

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Gayle Sims will be a new trustee on the KU Endowment Board of Trustees.

New Trustee Gayle Sims, of Cedar Hill, Texas, received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from KU in 1977 and began a career in human resources. Sims retired as director of human resources at the City of Waxahachie, Texas. She is a member of the Women Philanthropists for KU Advisory Board and of the Jayhawk Society. Sims and her husband, Alan, created the Alan E. Sims Student Opportunity Fund in KU’s School of Public Affairs & Administration.

KU Endowment is the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU.


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