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Celebrating a Legendary Leader

UMKC honors champion and supporter Henry Bloch

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is celebrating the extraordinary life and unprecedented contributions of Kansas City entrepreneur and philanthropist Henry W. Bloch (1922-2019).

Bloch was the retired chairman of H&R Block, a tax-preparation company which he founded with his brother, Richard, in 1955. A quintessential entrepreneur, Bloch worked tirelessly — toiling over tax returns as his first child, Robert, was being born — and deftly responded to shifts in the market, developing H&R Block into the largest commercial tax preparation firm in the world. (more…)

UMKC Trustees Scholars Program Prepares Student Scholars for Professional Life

By Shannan Henderson

UMKC is often referred to as Kansas City’s university because of the rich connections forged between the business and civic communities and the university. This is exemplified by the UMKC Trustees’ Scholar Program.

The Trustees’ Scholars Program brings the best students to UMKC campus and connects them with community sponsors. Through internships, mentoring and ongoing networking, the scholars develop strong relationships with Kansas City’s business and civic leaders. (more…)

Talbott Provides Experience, Funding and Mentoring

Donor who began her relationship with UMKC as a student has enhanced the university for 59 years

By Patricia O’Dell

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is fortunate to have a legacy of men and women who have supported the university through leadership, experience and financial support.  Linda Hood Talbott, (B.A. ’62, M.A. ’64, Ph.D. ’73) has been a leader in all three areas since she served as student body president. Her generous donations to scholarship funding ensure that her legacy of love of learning and the university will continue for generations to come. (more…)

Announcing New UMKC Foundation President

Lisa Baronio will be the university’s chief advancement officer

After conducting a nationwide search, a new president of the UMKC Foundation and chief advancement officer of UMKC has been named.

Lisa B. Baronio, EMBA, will lead the efforts of this independent nonprofit organization to encourage gifts and bequests to promote academic achievement, foster research and elevate intellectual pursuits at UMKC. She will begin her duties on June 17. (more…)

Honoring an Educational Visionary

UMKC remembers longtime friend Hugh Zimmer

The University of Missouri-Kansas City celebrates the impact of a longtime friend, generous donor and educational visionary, Hugh J. Zimmer (1930-2019).

Zimmer was the retired chairman of Zimmer Companies. His impact on Kansas City, and on UMKC, would be difficult to overestimate. (more…)

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