Paricia L. Brune (N)
Retired Clerk US District Court
A Fourth generation DOTTE, I retired after 31 years with the Federal Court ending my career in the highest executive position in the system. I have been President of the KCK Women's Chamber of Commerce twice; President of Leadership 2000 and served six years on The Advancement Council appointed by KCCC Trustees. I have always been engaged in neighborhood work and want to continue to serve in a way that best uses my skills.
BSBA from Rockhurst University
MLA from Baker University
Board service with KCK Women's Chamber of Commerce; Leadership 2000; KCKCC Advancement Council; Next Chapter; and my neighborhood HOA.
Why are you running for this position, and what particular experience, skills or resources will you be able to bring to it if elected?
As the Clerk of Court for the Federal Court I managed all operations of the District including Finance, HR, Procurement, Court Reporting, Operations and Information Technology. I had the opportunity to be involved in the design of three Federal Courthouse in KCMO, Springfield, Mo, and Jefferson City, Mo. and I helped manage the construction of two of them. The skills involved in this sort of work situation translate well to those needed to be a Trustee for KCKCC. My leadership philosophy is Servant Leadership and very much involves making those around me learn and grow. This would be especially valuable in an educational setting.
What is the role of the Board of Trustees in building a successful future for KCKCC?
The key to the role of the Trustee is found in the very title of the position; to protect the investment of the community in the institution, to protect the hopes and dreams of the students by making the institution viable, and to leave the institution better than it was found at the beginning of my service. The community "Trusts" those in this elected position to fully demonstrate their fiduciary responsibility and grow the institution for the future. The Board of Trustees is a policy setting body with basically one employee; the college president. They must then monitor all aspects of the conduct of the policy they establish to ensure that students, faculty and the public are well served by that policy, The Board also must protect the interests of the tax-paying public to ensure that their hard earned dollars are used in the most efficient way possible.
What is the most pressing need for students at KCKCC?
Financial aid is the most pressing need for almost all students these days and it is even more important in this community given the basic demographics of the service area for KCKCC. Wyandotte County is a minority majority community with over 70 languages spoken in the local school district. This variety of students coming to KCKCC requires strategic action on the part of the Board of Trustees and the College President to ensure they can be successful students and add to their own personal success as well as the success of the community.
Are there any new programs you would like to see offered at KCKCC? What are they?
There are already over 100 degree/certificate options available to meet the needs of the students and the community. Rather than offer specific programs to add, I would ensure that the Board of Trustees and the College President stay open to the ever changing work environment as well as the new ideas in education like online courses. Staying strategically flexible enough to respond to the rapid pace of change in our daily lives and the lives of employers wanting specific skills from our students.