Park University
8700 NW River Park Dr.
Parkville MO 64152-3795
Park University's Mackay Hall. The tower features a 25-bell carillon that chimes every quarter hour and plays music on special occasions.

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 584-6200
Mission Statement
Park University transforms lives through accessible, student-centered, quality higher education.
CEO/Executive Director Greg Gunderson Ph.D.
Board Chair Mr. Michael M. Collins
Board Chair Company Affiliation Port KC, President and CEO
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1875
Former Names
Park College
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Park University transforms lives through accessible, student-centered, quality higher education.
Background Statement
Park University is an independent, private institution founded in 1875 by Dr. John A. McAfee and Col. George S. Park. The University has a 140-year history of providing access to education for the traditional and non-traditional student alike. With approximately 1,500 students attending classes at the flagship campus in Parkville, Mo., and approximately 70,000 alumni recognizing the Parkville Campus as the spiritual home of their alma matter, the Parkville Campus remains at the heart of the University’s growth over the years. Park currently enjoys a distinguished position in higher education as a growing entrepreneurial institution, enrolling more than 17,000 students at 40 campus centers in 21 states, as well as our extensive online program. The mission of Park University is to provide access to academic excellence which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively, and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.
The majority of the University’s traditional students attend classes on the Parkville Campus, which also serves as the academic and administrative home to the institution. Approximately 75 percent of our undergraduate students take at least some of their coursework through one of our campus centers and nearly 60 percent of all of our students take at least one course online annually.
Unconditionally re-accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in 2014, Park’s curriculum has been designed to provide programs students need at locations and times which suit their lives. Students can earn a degree in the traditional setting, at a distance at one of the 41 campus centers across the country or online. Park also offers online and face-to-face master’s degree programs through an adult accelerated program.
Impact Statement

Park University is one of the highest value, non-religious private universities in the United States. Park offers 63 different degrees and 11 certificates at 40 sites across the U.S. and online, making a postsecondary education available to thousands of students, who in some cases, would not be able to attain this goal.

Park University has been selected as the No. 4 “Best for Vets” private college/university in the country, as announced today by Military Times in its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2017” rankings. The ranking is a reflection of the services and support the University provides to active duty military, veterans and their families.For more information about Park University’s military and veteran services and programs, visit

Park University has been honored by Victory Media as a 2017 Military Friendly School, a designation it has received from the publishing company for the eighth consecutive year.

As part of a story published by The Wall Street Journal in March 2015, Park University was mentioned as being one of the top private colleges in the country for return on investment. Park was tied for fifth nationally in the rankings with an annual ROI percentage of 8.3 percent, based on the 2014 PayScale College ROI Report.

Needs Statement

1. School of Business Capital Campaign

Naming Opportunities start at $25,000 The new School of Business facility will provide Park students with the opportunity to develop in a modern and collaborative learning environment and offer valuable pre-graduation exposure to business and entrepreneurial settings. This new space will also serve as the central location for the School of Business faculty. Full-time faculty and nearly 700 adjunct professors not only teach courses at Park University but work on program and curriculum design. Bringing many of them together in a common environment will create synergy and inspire the creation of new and innovative course curriculum for students.

2. Global Warrior Center

Park provides a support system for military personnel and their families. Services include guidance on utilizing education benefits and specialized counseling. The Global Warrior Center operates a book loan program to minimize the cost of books for service members. Support the book loan program today or give a general gift to help with operations.

3. Endowed Scholarship - $25,000

Park continues to be recognized as a high value education which is built on fair tuition pricing and scholarship. Consider establishing a named scholarship at Park that will be a legacy for you and your family.

4. International Center for Music (ICM)

The ICM at Park University trains and educates the next generation of accomplished musicians in a focused and creative atmosphere with an international faculty of renowned excellence. Join the Friends of ICM for as low as $100. Consider the Adopt-A-Student Scholarship for $20,000 or a named faculty chair for $1.5 Million.

Service Categories
Higher Education
Scholarships & Student Financial Aid
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core

The Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing Program at Park University, initiated in 1987, is designed to provide career mobility for licensed practical nurses seeking to transition into the role of registered nurse. Our accelerated degree program enables a qualified LPN to obtain an associate degree in nursing in 10 months. In addition, graduates are prepared to take the Registered Nurse Licensure Exam and pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Also, students already working with an ADN can complete an online-only BSN completion program.

Category Education, General/Other Partnerships in Education
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success

Park’s nursing program always has the short-term goal of maintaining or improving our students’ ability to become licensed upon graduation, which requires passing licensure exams. Over the past five years, more than 95 percent of our students have passed their licensure exam. The program aims to continue to meet or exceed our students’ track record of success, and is transitioning to a four-year BSN degree program. We are currently seeking accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing for a 100-student BSN program to accept students beginning in the Fall 2016 semester.

Long-Term Success

Long-term success of the Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing Program will be determined by the University’s ability to provide more career development opportunities for alumni, and by its ability to serve a greater number of students in years to come.

Program Success Monitored By

Program success is monitored by several metrics including:

  1. Enrollment numbers, or the number of students who value private education at Park and want to graduate from the Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing Program.
  2. Student learning outcomes, or the measures by which the nursing program faculty determine how much students are learning and how well they are mastering new content.
  3. Accreditation, which helps gauge consistent quality of both courses and clinical experiences, so our students gain the hands-on experience they will need in real-life patient care situations.
  4. Students’ pass rates on licensure exams, which helps faculty monitor how well Park courses prepare students to obtain their license and become practicing RNs.
Examples of Program Success

The nursing program has been so successful in recent years, that even with a recent expansion, the University has more qualified applicants annually than we can accept into the program. The stage is set for additional growth and continued excellence as Park prepares to transition to a full four-year BSN program with increased faculty and improved facilities. The increased number of accepted students will help fill critical vacancies in the workforce doing a job that’s important to us all: caring for patients. The nursing program is also a member of the National League for Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.


The International Center for Music at Park University offers the following degrees and certificates: Master of Music in Piano/String Performance, Graduate Certificate in Music Performance, Graduate Artist Diploma in Music Performance, Bachelor of Arts in Music and an Undergraduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance, which is a two-year certificate program designed for students pursuing a non-degree course of study concentrating on performance. Park students receive individualized instruction on multiple music genres ranging from classical to jazz, including music by living composers.

Program Budget $327,416.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Instruction
Population Served Adults, International, US& International
Short-Term Success

The International Center for Music will continue to attract and educate talented young musicians who launch their musical careers at Park University. Current and future students will continue to receive international music competition awards and other national and international recognition for their performances.

Long-Term Success

The International Center for Music's long-term success will be judged in part by the increased number of full-tuition scholarships the University is able to provide its student musicians. This will ensure that student admission is based solely on artistic promise, which in turn, will foster better audience development for the Center's concert series in the future.

Program Success Monitored By

Stanislav Ioudenitch, gold medalist of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and founder of the ICM, envisions elevating the already impressive reputation of the Center to the highest possible standard of musical performance. Ultimately, the success of the International Center for Music is monitored by our students’ level of performance in their studios and on stage, especially as our students continue to attract more dedicated audience members.

Examples of Program Success
ICM students and alumni continue to win major international competitions. For example: the International Crescendo Music Awards Competition (silver medal); Michael Hill Violin Competition, New Zealand (semifinalist); Queen Elizabeth International Piano Competition, Belgium (finalist); Kansas City Symphony Young Artists Competition (winner); International Johansen Competition for Young String Players (second prize).


Behzod Abduraimov, ICM artist-in-residence continues to tour internationally as a soloist in the great concert halls of the world. In addition, Daniel Radzynski was recently chosen as concertmaster for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Park Global Warrior Center embodies Park’s commitment to our nation’s wounded warriors, including those injured in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The Center is designed to holistically assist returning service members with physical and mental health disabilities as they work toward accomplishing their educational and career goals. The PGWC provides: 

  • Scholarship opportunities for the spouses/caregivers of military personal, which allows soldiers and veterans to use their G.I. benefits at the same time their spouses are preparing for a career transition;
  • Veteran-taught ADA compliant college courses in a structured format with specialized academic, emotional and social support;
  • Transition courses designed to help orient wounded service members to the college experience.
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served At-Risk Populations, People/Families with of People with Disabilities, People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success

Short term goals for the Park Global Warrior Center include: 

  • Raising scholarships for the spouses of wounded military service members so that at least five spouses taking no more than 12 credit hours will have at least half their tuition and all of their books covered over an academic year.
  • Increasing awareness of the services offered to returning service members
  • Increasing matriculation rates or the number of students who enroll in a degree program after completing transition coursework.
  • Enhancing feedback and data collection mechanisms that will assist in more robust measurement of PGWC students’ course and degree completion, academic achievement, social integration and student satisfaction.
  • Acquiring cutting-edge assistive technology to have on hand for students with severe physical limitations so that more students with physical disabilities can be serve.
Long-Term Success

Long-term, the PGWC will help countless service members who were injured in the course of duty to transition from military life into higher education, transition to the degree program of their choice, complete that degree program and go on to begin their chosen profession with the knowledge and tools necessary for success. 

Additional long-term goals include:

 Creating an endowed scholarship fund for the spouses or caregivers of service members wounded in the course of duty.

  • Helping PGWC students realize higher levels of academic achievement that will raise degree completion rates.
  • Completing long-term studies on how all students affiliated with the PGWC learn best, including wounded warriors, veterans, active duty and reserve duty military service members.
  • Increasing PGWC staff so the center can offer students more services, such as specialized counseling for soldiers and veterans with traumatic brain injury and persistent symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Program Success Monitored By

The success of the Park Global Warrior Center is measured by course completion rates, program persistence rates and student surveys administered before and after enrollment to gauge students’ progress toward their personal, educational and career goals. As more and more students enroll in the PGWC, the Center will also have enough data to measure success by matriculation and graduation rates.

Examples of Program Success

While the number of casualties in recent conflicts has gone down, the number of service members returning from duty either physically or mentally changed is on the rise. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Defense, 98 percent of troops seeking help for emotional issues are returned back to their units. Soldiers who serve on multiple tours are 50 percent more likely to develop acute combat stress.

The PGWC is helping these students adjust to the demands of higher education by providing them the assistance they need to overcome obstacles to their success. At present, 90 percent of students in the PGWC have PTSD and have access to additional resources specific to their needs. Nearly three out of four PGWC students have a VA certified disability rating higher than 30 percent and will require some kind of disability support for the rest of their lives. These students are enrolled in Park’s accelerated online classes, which, University-wide, have a 93 percent pass rate for students who make it to the add/drop date.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Greg Gunderson Ph.D.
Term Start Jan 2016

Park University has selected Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., to become the school’s 17th president, effective Jan. 15, coinciding with the start of the University’s Spring 2016 semester.

Before joining Park University, Gunderson served nearly five years as the vice president and chief financial officer of Webster University in St. Louis, leading its accounting, purchasing, accounts payable, bursar, internal audit, public safety, strategic planning, facilities and treasury units, and directed the financial processes for Webster’s 68 campuses around the world. Prior to his service at Webster, Gunderson spent nine years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln — six years (2005-11) as assistant vice chancellor for business operations in the Office of Academic Affairs and three years (2002-05) as director of financial resources and budget operations.

Gunderson also has experience in the private sector as project controller and chief of staff at ConAgra Inc., in Omaha, Neb.; director of finance for inbound operations at APAC Customer Services in Omaha; senior revenue accountant and tax accountant at Cray Research Inc., Eagan, Minn.; and tax accountant at Arthur Anderson and Co., St. Paul, Minn.

Selected “CFO of the Year” by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2014, Gunderson earned his doctoral degree in educational leadership in higher education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minn.) and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

A native of Omaha, Gunderson’s family includes his wife of 27 years, Laurie, an attorney who has been a stay-at-home mother since the family moved to St. Louis, and their two sons, David, 18, a student at Webster University, and Jack, 17, a high school junior.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Michael Droge Ph.D. 2009 - June 2014
Mr. David M. Fowler July 2014 - June 2015
Senior Staff
Title Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer

Roger P. Dusing serves Park University as associate vice president and chief human resource officer, directing the human resources and payroll operations for the University, as well as serving as Park's Title IX officer. In addition, he represents the University on the board of the Kansas City Professional Development Council, a consortium of area schools providing faculty and staff development programming.

Dusing joined Park in 2011 after 30 years as a human resources executive and consultant for several Kansas City area businesses. He has literally been on the University’s Parkville Campus his entire life as a student, adjunct faculty member and son of two of Park’s longest tenured employees.

Dusing earned a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Bradley University. He is currently a doctoral student pursuing a degree in business with a concentration in human resources from Northcentral University. Dusing is the board chair for Benilde Hall, a program in Kansas City, Mo., providing housing and treatment to homeless men with addiction and mental health issues. He was recognized as Human Resources Executive of the Year by American Business Media in 2008, and he is the author of I'm Fired?!? A Business-Fable About the Challenges of Losing One Job and Finding Another, a book on job search techniques.

Title Vice-President and General Counsel

Executive staff member Courtney E. Goddard was appointed to the position of vice president and general counsel in July 2014. Goddard previously served the University as associate vice president and general counsel since 2007. Prior to coming to Park, she represented more than 30 colleges and universities in private law practice.

A noted expert in the field of higher education law, Goddard has been a featured speaker at several national conferences for the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She is also a lauded leader in the Kansas City philanthropic community. She has served on multiple civic and charitable boards, including the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the Harvest Ball Society and the St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School, and she served as co-chair of the Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care’s “Champagne and Chocolate” event. In 2014, Goddard was named a “Rising Star of Philanthropy” by Nonprofit Connect, and she was named to the 2014 NextGen Leaders class by the Kansas City Business Journal.

Goddard earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree in criminology from Florida State University. Goddard has also earned a “BV Distinguished” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.

Title Chief Financial Officer

Brian Bode was appointed as chief financial officer of Park University in February 2017 after joining the University as controller in August 2015.

Bode has more than 16 years in higher education. Most recently, he spent nine years at Kansas City Kansas Community College, serving as vice president of student and administrative services, dean of financial and administrative services, and associate provost. In addition, he was controller at the University of Saint Mary for five years. Bode retired from the U.S. Army in 1998 as a lieutenant colonel with more than 21 years of service, including stints as the resource and budget manager at the Fort Leavenworth (Kan.) Simulation Center, assistant dean of resources at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.) and comptroller for the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

Bode earned his Master of Business Administration from Troy (Ala.) University and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Title Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services

Shane Smeed was appointed vice president of enrollment and student services at Park University in September 2015. Smeed has more than 17 years of experience in higher education, holding a variety of positions, including director of admissions, dean of enrollment management and vice president of admissions. In his role at Park, Smeed will provide strategic and operational leadership to a department that includes the deans and directors of enrollment, student financial services, international student admissions and services, student services, campus center operations and athletics.

Prior to joining Park University, Smeed served as vice president of admissions at Kaplan University, vice president and chief operating officer of Ottawa (Kan.) University, metro president for DeVry University’s Kansas City campuses and inventory planner for the Boeing Co. in its materials management division.

Smeed is pursuing a doctorate degree in higher education administration from St. Louis University. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Keller Graduate School of Management and holds a bachelor’s degree in business operations from DeVry Institute of Technology.

Title Interim Provost

Michelle (Shellie) Myers, Ed.D., was appointed interim provost of Park University in May 2017. She had served as dean of the University’s College of Education and Health Professions since joining Park in July 2010.

Prior to joining Park, Myers served administrative stints as associate dean, assistant dean and acting assistant dean in the Division of Education at Queens College, the City University of New York, as well as interim associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services at the University of Central Missouri. In addition, she served as an assistant professor, then associate professor at UCM, and as assistant professor at Southeast Missouri State University. During her time at QC-CUNY, Myers served as coordinator of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Myers earned her Doctor of Education degree in curriculum and pedagogy, and her Master of Education degree in teaching physical education, from the University of Arkansas. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Kentucky University.

Title Chief of Staff

Laure Christensen serves Park University as chief of staff. In this capacity, she works closely with the president in a variety of ways, serving as an advisor and manager of administrative, operational and financial affairs. Christensen oversees reporting needs, organizes communications, coordinates special events with other departments and serves as the main administrative liaison between the Office of the President and multiple areas, including Executive Staff and Park’s Board of Trustees. Christensen also guides administrative professionals university-wide through the Park Pirate Professionals.

Christensen began her career with Park in July 2003 and served in a variety of roles in the School for Arts and Humanities, the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of the President. In 2011, she was honored with the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education award.

Prior to coming to Park, she served as office manager and an events specialist at Vic Gutman & Associates, a special events firm which coordinates special events for the city of Omaha and area not-for-profit organizations.

Title Chief Information Officer

David Whittaker, a Kansas City Northland native, was appointed to serve Park University as its chief information officer in January 2016. In his position as CIO, Whittaker is charged with ensuring that the University’s technology applications, networks, telecommunications and data security meet the current and future needs of the University.

Whittaker spent the previous 18 years with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, most recently as chief information security officer and director of the Office of the CIO since 2013. Between 2005 and 2013, Whittaker served as a director in a trio of areas within BCBSKC — director of strategic planning, director of application development, integration and database administration and director of data center operations. He also served the organization as an enterprise architect and as senior programmer analyst/web architect. Whittaker began his professional career as a lead software analyst for Black and Veatch at its Kansas City, Mo., office for six years.

Whittaker, who grew up in Gladstone, Mo., earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Baker University, Baldwin City, Kan. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree in systems and data processing from William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo.

Title Vice Provost

Rebekkah (Becky) Stuteville, Ph.D., was appointed vice provost of Park University in August 2016. As vice provost, Stuteville supports the University’s academic administrators, faculty, staff and programs. She is responsible for facilitating quality academic planning and implementation, and overseeing the University’s curricular initiatives. Stuteville previously served as associate vice president for academic affairs since 2015, and she was the interim associate vice president for academic affairs during most of the 2012-13 academic year. She has also served as the director of Park’s Master of Public Administration program, and as associate dean of the Hauptmann School for Public Affairs.

Prior to joining Park in 2008, Stuteville worked as a federal civil servant for 17 years at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. While at HUD, she was responsible for monitoring regulatory compliance issues and provided technical assistance on HUD’s housing and community development programs to cities, states and nonprofit organizations in Kansas and western Missouri. Stuteville earned her doctorate in political science and public administration, Master of Arts degree in political science and Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, all from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Paid Full-Time Staff 516
Paid Part-Time Staff 91
Volunteers 380
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 83%
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 40
Male 60
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)2017
External Assessment and Accreditations
Council on Social Work Education - Accreditation2010
Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - 10 Year Accreditation2014
Best Value in private higher education, among schools not affiliated with a religious institutionParents and Colleges.com2015
Military Friendly SchoolG.I. Jobs2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Michael M. Collins
Company Affiliation Port KC, President and CEO
Term July 2015 to June 2018
Board Members
Mr. John C. Brown Honorary Board MemberELCA Properties, Inc.
Mr. Vince Clark Creative Planning
Mr. Michael M. Collins Port Authority of Kansas City, MO
Mr. Robert P. Corbett Honorary Board MemberCommunity Volunteer
Mr. James Cornelius UMB Financial Corporation
Ms. Lynn Craghead U.S. Bank
Mr. Dennis Fisher Retired
Mr. Kristopher Stark Flint Stark Collective, LLC
Ms. Rosemary Fry Plakas Community Volunteer
Mr. Charles Garney Honorary Board MemberCEO Briarcliff Development Company; Chairman of the Board, Emeritus, Garney Construction Company
Lt. Gen. Richard Keller CGSC Foundation Senior Advisory Council
Ms. Virginia B. McCoy Honorary Board MemberCommunity Volunteer; Former Board Chair
Mr. Scott D. McRuer McRuer CPAs
Mr. Anthony Melchiorri
C. Ann Mesle 16th Judicial Circuit of Missouri
Ms. Louise Morden Honorary Board MemberNiagra's Wax Museum Complex
Mr. Gerald Moss Honorary Board MemberRetired Attorney
Mr. William Perry
Ms. Jeanette Prenger Ecco Select
Mr. Daniel Sakata Community Volunteer
Ms. Cyprienne Simchowitz
Ms. Judy Simonitsch CPA, Retired / Deloitte and Touche, LLP
Ms. Jacqueline Snyder
Mr. Troy Teauge Cerner
Mr. Richard Thode Community Volunteer
Mr. Eric Wade City of Lenexa
Mr. David Warm Mid-America Regional Council
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 14
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 87%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 86%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Standing Committees
Institutional Advancement
Academic Affairs
Advisory Board Members
Ms. Charlotte Barksdale LaserCycle, Inc.
Mr. Kevin Campbell WaterFront Wealth Advisors
Mr. Pat Contreras McCownGordon Construction
Mr. Stephen Duethman Buildings + Places, Central Region, AECOM Technical Services
Mr. Chris Fisher Bryan Cave LLP
Ms. Gwen Grant Urban League of Greater Kansas City
Mr. Scott Hall Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Mr. James Isom Commercial Construction Design-Build Group, Burns & McDonnell
Ms. Roxsen Koch Polsinelli
Mr. Kaleb Lilly Assurance Services - Kansas City Office, Rubin Brown LLP
Ms. Yvonne Seckington Community Volunteer
Ms. Nicole Wang Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael Wurst Henry Wurst Inc.
Mr. Chris Wyche National World War I Museum and Memorial
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $81,155,000
Projected Expenses $79,495,000
Endowment Value $35,963,738
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 4
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals and government grant revenue.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$83,394$65,240$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,859,772$3,090,261$2,404,417
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$48,916$99,572$348,981
Revenue In-Kind$5,039$74,011$15,999
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$52,836,410$60,890,562$60,530,705
Administration Expense$18,367,510$18,929,223$18,994,061
Fundraising Expense$583,567$737,093$779,737
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.011.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%76%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue45%57%42%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$158,954,880$143,668,101$140,013,534
Current Assets$44,175,119$35,477,913$22,876,471
Long-Term Liabilities$9,332,464$2,874,205$3,431,964
Current Liabilities$32,285,186$30,968,192$30,947,918
Total Net Assets$117,337,230$109,825,704$105,633,652
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.371.150.74
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets6%2%2%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $250,000Anonymous $589,000Individual Donor $338,870
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSunderland Foundation $100,000Anonymous $200,000Individual Donor $203,216
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $86,742Anonymous $100,000Individual Donor $117,405
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose School of Business Building Campaign
Goal $6,000,000.00
Amount Raised to Date $2,824,498.00 as of Oct 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Name Park University
Address 8700 NW River Park Dr.
Parkville, MO 641523795
Primary Phone (816) 584-6200
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Greg Gunderson Ph.D.
Board Chair Mr. Michael M. Collins
Board Chair Company Affiliation Port KC, President and CEO
Year of Incorporation 1875
Former Names
Park College