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William Jewell College Board of Trustees names two new members
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
February 7, 2012

The William Jewell College Board of Trustees has named two new members to the national liberal arts college’s governing body.

Patricia Ann Garney is a leader in the Kansas City civic and philanthropic communities. Her board memberships include the American Red Cross, Friends of the Zoo and Heart of America United Way. She has also served the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission, the Northland Division of the American Cancer Society and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. She was a co-founder of the Harvest Ball, a black-tie fundraiser for Northland causes. She has served the Kansas City Symphony Guild, the Society of Fellows of the Nelson Art Gallery and the Kansas City Presidents Organization. Her philanthropic service also includes co-chairing the Resource Development Committee of the Friends of the Zoo and life membership on the North Kansas City Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Garney has served as chair of the Northland Fountain and Children’s Fountain committees and was the event founder and chair of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City’s “Music with a View” event. She was named a William F. Yates Medallion recipient by William Jewell College in 2001.

Robert Gengelbach received his degree in chemistry from William Jewell College in 1969. In 2011, he retired as President of the Oxea Corporation, a global chemical company headquartered in Germany and Luxembourg. The manufacturer of oxo-chemicals and derivatives had sales of over $1.6 billion in 2009. Gengelbach served as one of four people on the company’s global executive management board with global responsibilities for purchasing and supply chain and regional responsibilities for the Americas. He previously held sales, marketing, business management, purchasing and supply chain responsibilities with Celanese, a Dallas-based global chemical company. Bob is currently serving the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas on their Community Award Grant panel for Math and Science Education. He received the Citation for Achievement from William Jewell College in 2011. A native of Plattsburg, Mo., Gengelbach currently resides in Dallas.

William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.

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