Board of Directors

Benedictine College is governed by an independent board of directors. The Board of Directors meets three times annually and sets the strategic policy and direction of the college.


Emeritus members are non-voting members who have served at least two full terms as Board members. Board members completing such terms may be nominated for emeriti status and so elected by the full board.




Stephen D. Minnis, '82


Benedictine College

Vice President

Kimberly C. Shankman, Ph.D.

Dean of the College

Benedictine College


Ronald Olinger

Chief Financial Officer

Benedictine College

Chair of the Board

Jack A. Newman, Jr., '70

Jack Newman Advisory Services

Vice Chair of the Board

Abbot James Albers, OSB, '94

St. Benedict's Abbey

Secretary of the Board

S. Esther Fangman, OSB, '72
Mount St. Scholastica Monastery

Assistant Secretary

S. Thomasita Homan, OSB, '70

Director of Oblates

Mount St. Scholastica Monastery

Assistant Treasurer

Fr. Maurice Haefling, OSB, '65

St. Benedict's Abbey

Emeritus Board Member

Assistant Treasurer

Kristie Scholz


Benedictine College


Michael Boland, MD

St. Luke's East Hospital

Gerard S. Brungardt, MD, BeL, '79

Professor University of Kansas

School of Medicine

Larry Buessing '60

Patrick M. Carr, '94

Alietia Caughron

Risk & Economic Capital

Joan Koechner Charbonneau, '90

Verité, Inc.

Kathryn Weishar Dalzell, '80

Sean Doherty

Asset Management Group, Inc.

Dan Fangman

Patrick George, '79

Helen Healy, '88

Judith A. Hemberger, '69

SuviCa Pharmaceuticals

Fr. Jeremy Heppler, OSB, '00


St. Benedict's Abbey

Darryl Jones, '68

State Farm Companies

Michael Kuckelman

Kuckelman, Torline, Kirkland, Lewis

Dave Laughlin, '67

Fr. Denis Meade, OSB, '52

Junior Master and Postulant Director

St. Benedict's Abbey

Kathleen O'Hara

Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

Kevin O'Malley

O'Malley Beverage of Kansas, Inc.

Carol L. Rogers, MBA, CPWA, '71

Rogers & Company

Davyeon Ross '00

S. Diana Seago, OSB, '71

Mount St. Scholastica

Lené Westerman, '85

The Westerman Foundation

Bob Wholey, '72

Cross First Advisors



Charlie Gartenmayer
Athletic Director


Tom Hoopes
Vice President of College Relations
Kelly Vowels
Vice President for Advancement 

Pete Helgesen
Dean of Enrollment Management


Abby Bartlett
Executive Assistant to President
Joe Wurtz, Ed.D.
Dean of Students 

Linda Henry, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Life



Matthew D. AnthonyCatherine E. BeldenLarry Buessing
Thomas BurkePeggy J. DunnStephen D. Dunn
Michael J. EasterdayBuford M. FraserFr. Maurice C. Haefling, OSB
Thomas M. HoenigJames W. Humphrey, Jr.Larry Kaminsky
Mildred J. KetterPamela A. KramerFr. Gabriel Landis, OSB
Janelle LazzoLouis J. McAvoyC. Patrick McLarney
Kathy O'HaraFrancis B. O'MalleyRobert J. Reintjes
Dr. Thomas L. ShriwiseLaidacker M. SeabergCarol M. Shomin
Patrick J. SlyJudith TaggartByron Thompson
Stephanie C. Van Dyne, DDSHoward G. Westerman, Jr.Thomas A. Wessels
Lionel W. Young, MD