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KCKCC Board of Trustees Approves Garner as New Board Member

Kelly Rogge
Public Information Supervisor
krogge@kckcc.edu
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
The Kansas City Kansas Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve Tyrone A. Garner to fill the position left vacant by the resignation of long-time board member Clyde A. Townsend. Garner will be sworn-in at the April 18 Board of Trustees meeting.

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve Tyrone A. Garner to fill the position left vacant by the resignation of long-time board member Clyde A. Townsend. Garner will be sworn-in at the April 18 Board of Trustees meeting.

Townsend, who has served on the board since 2005, resigned his position at the Feb. 21 meeting. He previously served as a Wyandotte County commissioner, a Board of Public Utilities member, and was previously an employee of the Kansas City, Kansas Street Department.

Tyrone Garner has an Associate of Arts degree from Kansas City Kansas Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mid-America Nazarene University, a master’s degree in human resources from Ottawa University and is a 2008 graduate of the FBI National Academy. Garner is currently a Deputy Chief of Police with the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department and has been with the department since 1987. He currently serves on the KCK Housing Authority Board, the University of Kansas Medical Center Pediatrics Ethics Commission, the Board of Directors of the Adhoc Group Against Crime, the KCK Black Chamber of Commerce, the Northeast Optimist Club, the Kansas Peace Officers Association, and was appointed Commissioner by the Governor to the African American Affairs Commission for the 3rd Kansas District. He has also served as a KCK Rotary Club member and was past chair of the Wyandotte County Community Corrections Board.

The recipient of many awards, Mr. Garner received the Kansas City Kansas NAACP Community Icon Award in 2015 and was also named one of the 100 Most Influential Kansas Citians for 2015 by the Kansas City Globe. In 2016, he received the Eugene K. Peterson Community Services Award from the Heart of America chapter of the Tuskegee Airman Inc.

Mr. Garner emphasized in his interview, “I stand with our community in knowing that KCKCC has a proven track record of being instrumental in facilitating community growth, citizen hope, individual opportunity and increased prosperity in Wyandotte County, Kansas and beyond. As a graduate of KCKCC, I personally know the value that KCKCC plays in bridging students to four-year institutions, to enhanced employment opportunities and its connection to improving lives. As a result, I believe that my voice will exemplify that narrative.”

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