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Goodland man appointed to Sunflower Foundation Board of Trustees, two current members reappointed

Release Date: May 10, 2019

TOPEKA – (May 10, 2019) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced the appointment of Ben Schears of Goodland to the Sunflower Foundation Board of Trustees.

Schears serves as President of Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, which provides technical education to a 17-county service area in Northwest Kansas. He also serves as the President of the Kansas Association of Technical Colleges, a member organization that advocates on behalf of the seven technical colleges in Kansas.

Schears is a graduate of Flint Hills Technical College, Cowley County Community College and Emporia State University and is currently working on his doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Baker University.

Schmidt appointed Schears to a three-year term on the board, which will expire in June 2022. He also reappointed Andrea Krauss of Russell and Liz Sosa of Garden City to subsequent three-year terms on the board that will expire in June 2022.

The Sunflower Foundation was formed in 2000 as part of a legal settlement between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the Kansas attorney general and the Kansas insurance commissioner. The foundation supports work to improve the health of Kansans through grant programs, awards and related activities. The nine-member Board of Trustees governs the foundation’s work and oversees the long-term goals of the foundation. Eight of the members are appointed by the attorney general, and one member is appointed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. 

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