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School board president named finance dean at KCKCC

May 12, 2006

Brian Bode, president of the Lansing School Board, is the new dean of finances at Kansas City Kansas Communiy College.

Brian Bode, president of the Lansing School Board, is the new dean of finances at Kansas City Kansas Communiy College.

— Brian Bode, president of the Lansing School Board, is the new dean of financial and administrative services at Kansas City Kansas Community College, the college announced in a news release last week.

Bode, 52, goes to KCKCC after more than four years as comptroller at University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth.

"I'm impressed," Bode said. "It's a college that's vibrant and alive and serves the students' needs and offers the opportunity for new challenges. We're in a transition administratively with some great opportunities for growth both in our services to students and the community."

Bode succeeds Jerry Reid, who retired Dec. 31 after 17 years.

Bode will be responsible for restructuring of some of the procedures and policies created by the recent reorganization of the college. "I've come into an organization that's running well and I hope I'll be able to help make it better," he said.

"I understand our mission is to educate students and to enhance the community with our service back to them. Everything in my organization will be geared to the support of students and the development of the community, and I hope to keep that picture in the forefront of my mind when it comes to making policy and institutional decisions."

Bode brings a wealth of experience to the position. After his retirement from the military in 1998, Bode joined Sprint as financial manager until June 2001 when he took the position of comptroller at USM.

A 1977 graduate of Kearney State College in Kearney, Neb., where he participated in ROTC, Bode was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Finance Corps after his graduation.

His 21-year tour of duty included two years as financial manager for the Army Operations Command in the Pentagon; comptroller of the First Calvary Division at Fort Hood, Tex.; assistant dean of resources at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; and commanding finance battalions in Korea before finishing his military career at Fort Leavenworth as Resource Management Staff Officer.

He and his wife of 27 years, Terri, have two sons, Justin, who is finishing his student teaching at USM and is on his way to becoming a biology teacher and coach, and Patrick, who has one year left on a dual major in art and information technology at USM.

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