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President of Donnelly College resigns

Updated: 2013-10-28T22:13:00Z


The Kansas City Star

Donnelly College President Steve LaNasa is resigning after leading the Kansas City, Kan., campus for five years.

LaNasa announced in a letter Monday that he plans to leave his post in December and is moving with his family abroad. His wife, a Cerner Corp. executive, has accepted an international assignment with the company.

“It is with mixed emotions, both regret and excitement, that I share the news,” LaNasa said in the letter.

A transition plan, including a search for a new president, is underway. That search will be led by Donnelly Board of Trustees Chairman Dan Haake.

“The news of Steve’s impending departure comes at a time of unprecedented growth for the College,” Haake said in a statement. “Though we are saddened by his departure, we are grateful for the great work Steve has done.”

Donnelly is the region’s only federally designated Minority Serving and Hispanic Serving Institution. Nearly 85 percent of its students are the first in their family to attend college.

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