KU Med creates oncology professorship honoring businessman Drue Jennings

A. Drue Jennings
A. Drue Jennings

The University of Kansas Medical Center has established a professorship in medical oncology in honor of Kansas City business, civic and philanthropic leader A. Drue Jennings.

The A. Drue Jennings Professorship in Medical Oncology was created through a $1.3 million challenge grant from the Hall Family Foundation, which generated a gift commitment of $650,000 from the Sunderland Family Fund, KU Med announced Tuesday.

The gift will support the salary, travel and related costs for the medical oncology professorship, which will be at The University of Kansas Cancer Center and in the Department of Internal Medicine at KU Med.

The announcement said the professorship marks another step toward KU Cancer Center’s goal of reaching a comprehensive cancer center designation.

Jennings is the former chairman and chief executive of Kansas City Power & Light Co., and is a retired senior counsel at the Polsinelli PC law firm in Kansas City. The Leawood resident and Kansas alumnus also served as chairman of KU Endowment’s board of trustees and as interim athletic director at KU.

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