July 22, 2019

Senate committee confirms three Regents

(Topeka, Kan.) -  Today the Senate Confirmation Oversight Committee approved Cheryl Harrison-Lee of Gardner (Johnson County), Shellaine “Shelly” Kiblinger of Cherryvale (Montgomery County) and Jon Rolph of Wichita (Sedgwick County) to begin serving on the Kansas Board of Regents. The three new Regents will fill the positions vacated by Dennis Mullin of Manhattan, David Murfin of Wichita and Daniel Thomas of Mission Hills.

“Cheryl, Jon and Shelly are highly qualified professionals and ready to step up and take on this challenge,” said Kansas Governor Laura Kelly in her July 12 announcement of the appointments. “I look forward to their contributions as we work to ensure that our universities thrive.”

Cheryl Harrison-Lee most recently served as the City Administrator for Gardner, Kansas. She has an M.A. from the University of Florida in Urban and Regional Planning, Concentration in Public Administration, and a B.A. in journalism from the University of South Carolina.

Shelly Kiblinger currently serves as the Superintendent of Cherryvale Public Schools. She graduated with a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration and Leadership from Kansas State University. She earned a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Pittsburg State University.

Jon Rolph currently serves as the President and CEO of Sasnak Management/Thrive Restaurant Group. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University.

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About the Kansas Board of Regents
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, nineteen community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, high school equivalency, and career and technical education programs. Private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions are authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents to operate in Kansas.