WICHITA, Kan. – Reginald Robinson has been named president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF), a statewide philanthropy based in Wichita. His appointment is effective Dec. 1, 2019. Robinson currently serves as Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs at the University of Kansas.
“Reggie Robinson is an outstanding leader, and we are honored to have him as the Foundation’s next president and CEO,” said Matt Allen, chair of the KHF Board of Directors. “His background and experience make him the perfect person to lead the Foundation into the future.”
A long-time Kansan, Robinson received his undergraduate degree and juris doctor from the University of Kansas. He has served as president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, a faculty member at both the Washburn and University of Kansas schools of law, a White House fellow, special assistant to Attorney General Janet Reno, and deputy associate attorney general for the United States. Robinson also was an active duty field artillery officer in the U.S. Army. He is a fellow in the National Academy for Professional Administration (NAPA), and currently serves on the NAPA board of directors.
Robinson has extensive public service and philanthropy involvement both in Kansas and nationally. He was appointed by Gov. Laura Kelly as facilitator for the Kansas Criminal Justice Reform Commission and was a member of several state juvenile justice advisory groups; appointed by Kansas attorneys general to the Sunflower Foundation Board of Trustees (serving as chair for six years); was a member of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet for nine years; and was appointed to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
His community service includes serving on boards of directors for the Friends of the Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas Leadership Center, Douglas County Community Foundation, the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the National Organization for Victims Assistance.
“I am honored to have this amazing opportunity to lead the Kansas Health Foundation and to work with others to build upon the impressive work KHF has done to improve health for individuals and families, and to build stronger, healthier communities,” Robinson said. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime to work with a committed team and Board to make real and positive differences for Kansans.”
The Kansas Health Foundation conducted a nationwide search to replace Steve Coen, who retired after 31 years of service. Michael Lennen, former KHF Board Chair, has served as interim president and CEO since August and will continue in this role through November.
The Kansas Health Foundation is based in Wichita, but statewide in its focus. With a mission to improve the health of all Kansans, KHF envisions a culture in which every Kansan can make healthy choices where they live, work and play. To achieve this, KHF focuses its work in four impact areas: access to affordable health care, healthy behaviors, civic and community engagement and educational attainment. During its history, KHF has provided more than $500 million in grants to Kansas communities and organizations, and looks forward to working toward its mission and vision for many years to come.
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