New University Foundation Board of Directors Appointed

Five new members have joined Truman State University’s Foundation Board of Directors. President Barbara Dixon appointed Kara Geisert of Liberty, Mo., Guy Burton of Leawood, Kan., Larry Lunsford of Overland Park, Kan., Tom Ballard of Granger, Iowa, and Sarah Burkemper of Troy, Mo., to the Foundation Board.

Geisert earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Truman in 1993. Along with her husband Christopher, she was named a 2001 Young Alumni of the Year. Geisert co-owns a scrapbooking store in Liberty, Mo.

Burton earned two degrees from the University in the 1950s. A former high school teacher, coach and administrator, Burton now owns Sun and Swim Pools in Grandview, Mo. He has crafted and donated various bronze busts to the University over the years.

Lunsford is a 1981 and 1983 graduate of Truman. He is the founding president of the University’s National Alumni Association Board and a past Foundation Board member. Lunsford serves as the Vice President of Finance for the retail division at Bernstein-Rein Advertising, Inc. in Kansas City, Mo.

Ballard graduated with a bachelor’s in science degree from the University in 1969. Now retired, he served as Vice President for Cordant Technologies, a leading aerospace design, technology and manufacturing company.

Burkemper is a 1992 graduate of Truman and currently serves as the Public Administrator of Lincoln County, Mo. A member of Truman State University’s Board of Governors, Burkemper is the 2005 chair.

The 22-member Foundation Board of Directors has the responsibility of overseeing fund raising, public relations and alumni relations for the University.

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