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Former Lansing lawmaker among appointees to Kansas Board of Regents

July 8, 2011

A former state lawmaker from Lansing who helped develop a plan to make Kansas a leader in the biotechnology industry has been named to the Kansas Board of Regents.

Kenny Wilk was one of three people named to the board Friday by Gov. Sam Brownback. Joining Wilk on the board that oversees the state’s institutions of higher education, will be Fred Logan Jr., an attorney and former Republican Party state chairman from Leawood, and Robin Addison Moran, Hays, wife of U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.

“I am pleased these three outstanding Kansans have agreed to serve on one of the most important boards in our state. This is an all-star team,” Brownback said. “Our institutions of higher education are major drivers of economic growth in our state. The regents are a key part of our long-term strategy to create good jobs in Kansas.”

The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is appointed by the governor. It is the governing board of the six state universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges).

“I have asked each of these nominees to look at objective measures, to benchmark our higher education and technical education institutions against the best in America and set goals to improve. I know they are up to the task,” Brownback said.

None of the three appointees attended a Kansas public university.

Wilk earned his undergraduate degree in U.S. politics at Ottawa University. He worked for Hallmark Cards as a commercial sales executive before retiring in 2009 and now consults companies and organizations on community outreach initiatives, strategic planning and implementation. He served in the Kansas House of Representatives for 16 years, chairing both the House Appropriations and Taxation Committees. In 2005, he and then-Sen. Nick Jordan of Shawnee co-authored the Kansas Economic Growth Act that created the Kansas Bioscience Authority. Wilk and his wife, Darlene, are the parents of a son, William.

Logan earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Indiana University. He is a partner at Logan Logan and Watson L.C. in Prairie Village. He has served on numerous boards and task forces, including the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Shawnee Mission School District Committee of Excellence. JCCC honored him as Johnson Countian of the Year in 2008. He is married to Carol Hoschscheid Logan, and they have three children, Andy, Jack and Sam.

Robba Addison Moran earned her undergraduate degree in businesses administration at William Jewell College and her law degree from Duke University Law School. She has worked as a law associate at Stinson Morrison Hecker in Kansas City, as an assistant professor of business at Fort Hays State University and as a music staff accompanist at FHSU and Hays USD 489. She and Sen. Moran have two daughters, Kelsey, a graduate of Kansas State University, and Alex, who attends KSU.

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