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KU Endowment elects two new trustees

Fri, 10/04/2013

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas alumni Scott Coons, of Lawrence; and Brad Korell, of Austin, Texas, were elected trustees of KU Endowment at today’s annual meeting of the association’s Board of Trustees.

Scott CoonsScott Coons earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from KU in 1991. His wife, Betsy, earned a bachelor’s degree from KU in 1994. Scott is president and CEO of Perceptive Software, which has its headquarters in Shawnee. In 2006, he was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and a Computerworld Honors Program Laureate. Scott is a member of the KU School of Engineering Advisory Board and of the KU School of Business Board of Advisors, and a member of the Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas committee for the School of Engineering.

Brad KorellBrad Korell earned a law degree from KU in 1997 and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in 1994. He is the managing partner at Korell & Frohlin. He has served as a member of the KU Alumni Association’s National Board of Directors and participated in a wide range of KU Alumni’s programs. He is a current member of the KU School of Law Alumni Board of Governors, and he previously served on the Kansas Union Memorial Corporation Board of Directors.

KU Endowment is the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.



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Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”


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