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Gov. Sam Brownback names Leawood periodontist to Kansas Board of Regents


Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday named a periodontist who practices in Leawood to the state Board of Regents.

Dr. Daniel J. Thomas will serve a four-year term on the board that governs the state’s six state universities.

According to a bio provided by the governor’s office, Thomas “is active in several professional associations and also serves as the director of the Kansas Arts Foundation and the Kansas University Hospital Authority Board. Thomas also has won numerous awards including the 2011 Professional Leader of the Year from the Asian American Chamber of Commerce and the 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.”

One of the regents now departing the board is Fred Logan, a Prairie Village lawyer. Thomas appears to be Logan’s successor as a Johnson County regent.

On Tuesday, Brownback made two other appointments to the board: David L. Murfin of Wichita, the CEO of Murfin, Inc., and Dennis Mullin, chairman and CEO of Steel and Pipe Supply, one of the nation’s largest steel service centers.