September 28, 2022
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Hires

Sydni Meehan
Bert Shafer

The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center has hired Bert Shafer as education coordinator. Shafer is a retired teacher who brings 34 years of classroom experience both in a traditional program and a bilingual program. Her role at the museum will include designing and implementing play-based educational programs that help young children begin a lifetime of learning. Sydni Meehan has been hired as volunteer and play coordinator. Meehan comes to the Discovery Center with a background in hospitality and tourism, most recently with Visit Topeka. Her role at the museum includes engaging with many of the museum’s 95,000 annual visitors and managing group and individual volunteers.

Dan Martin

Dan Martin is the next president of KU Endowment. Martin has been the chief philanthropy officer at the Texas division of St. Luke’s Health and has extensive experience in higher education leadership and fundraising. Martin will assume the role of president on Aug. 15. Martin will succeed current President Dale Seuferling who announced his retirement in January. Seuferling will continue his service until Aug. 15 at which time he will remain with KU Endowment through August 31 to aid in the transition. Martin is a fourth-generation Kansan from Overland Park, with three degrees from KU and one from the University of Pennsylvania. He has spent almost three decades working in higher education.



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