C. Stephen Metzler, interim president
C. Stephen Metzler is interim president and chairman of the board of trustees of the Kansas City Art Institute as of Aug. 4, 2014. He also is area executive vice president of Gallagher Metzler Insurance Co. in Kansas City, Mo. Metzler holds an M.B.A. degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame. Metzler is widely active in the Kansas City community. He was a founding board member of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey and co-chaired the organization’s 25th anniversary Gala in 2008. For 10 years he served on the board of Kansas City Young Audiences, and in 2006, he chaired that organization’s 45th anniversary gala. He currently serves on the board of the Women’s Employment Network and the Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. He is a former board member of the AIDS Council of Greater Kansas City and the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City, where he served as president from 1992 to 2003. In 2003, he received the foundation’s Marion Kreamer Ribbon of Hope award.
Bambi Burgard, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs
Bambi Burgard joined KCAI in 2000 as assistant dean for academic affairs and director of the academic resource center. In 2006, she became associate vice president for student achievement; from 2008 to 2010 she served the college as interim vice president for enrollment management; in 2010 she was promoted to vice president for enrollment management and student achievement; and in 2012, she was named vice president for academic affairs. Before coming to KCAI, she worked in the student counseling center at University of Missouri-Kansas City and in private practice. Burgard earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from University of Missouri-Kansas City and is a licensed psychologist in Missouri and Kansas.
Anne Canfield, vice president for communications
Anne Canfield joined KCAI in 2002 from the Kauffman Foundation, where she had been vice president for communications. Before that she spent nearly 16 years as a communications consultant with Fleishman-Hillard Inc., an international public relations consulting firm, where she was a senior vice president and partner. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Stanford University in California, studied on the graduate level at the University of Michigan and is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America. In 2011, she received the Arthur E. Lowell Award for excellence in organizational communications, the highest honor bestowed by the Kansas City chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.
Larry Dickerson, vice president and Chief Information Officer
Larry Dickerson joined KCAI in 2006 from William Jewell College, where he served as director of information services, spanning 27 years as an administrator, teacher, speaker and coach. He holds a bachelor’s degree from William Jewell in physics and philosophy and a master’s degree in divinity from Yale University.
Patrick Albert is a Kansas City-based consultant who was most recently the president of Concorde Career Colleges, which is based in Kansas and has a network of 16 medical training campuses across the United States serving more than 9,000 students. Before joining Concorde, he was CFO and Brazil country manager for Whitney International University System, which managed multiple Universities throughout Latin America serving more than 100,000 students. Previously he served in a variety of capacities with various divisions of General Electric, in the U.S. and abroad. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and an M.B.A. degree from the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.
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