UA Thanks Bush Helzberg for 12 Years Board Chair

UA Thanks Bush Helzberg for 12 Years as Board Chair
Posted on 09/05/2019

University Academy Parents,

After 12 years as Board Chairman, Bush Helzberg has stepped down from his office as Board Chairman and Mrs. Katie Kwo Gerson will serve as Board Chairman effective August 27th. Mr. Helzberg will remain an active member of the Board. Under his leadership, University Academy earned numerous academic awards, including the National Blue Ribbon Award, Missouri Gold Star Award and recognition from U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek magazines as one of the best high schools in America.  

Mrs. Kwo Gerson, a former President of the Junior League Kansas City Missouri, entrepreneur, and a long time leader in the non-profit community, is committed to continuing the success the school has enjoyed.  Mrs. Kwo Gerson stated, “I, too, believe education is the key to unlocking potential for all. I will continue the standard of excellence expected from the entire UA community. Together, we will inspire continued success.”

Below is a letter from Mrs. Kwo Gerson to UA families and staff:

Dear University Academy Community,

There are not enough words to fully honor how much Bush Helzberg has done for the school and community in one short letter. As you may have heard, Bush is stepping down as Chairman of the UA School Board after 12 wonderful years leading the corporation. 

While under his leadership, the school earned unprecedented national awards, obtained record academic performance and acquired multiple perfect credentials. Despite all of these accolades, what lies at the fundamental core of Bush and the Helzberg family is a belief in the best education for all students and to ensure all are able to grow and participate as leaders in their communities. For 20 years, this has been the underpinning of the vision of UA. 

However, having a new name and leader of the Board is a change, and with change comes a sense of curiosity, and perhaps some feeling of uncertainty.  I want to assure you that I am first committed to offer continuity, but also facilitate new ideas as Chairman of the Board, to usher in a new decade of excellence.  And, in case you didn’t know, we are grateful that Bush will participate as a board member so his leadership voice at the table will continue to be heard.

UA is unique among it’s peers because it has found a way to make it work…….with strong faculty, staff, administration, and a plethora of caring and passionate volunteers and donors. Goals set each year make it fully understood as to where UA is going and the path to get there.  I want to give a special shout out to the parents and guardians of UA students. With your commitment and dedication to your children and the school, all cylinders are on fire.  

I, too, believe education is the key to unlocking potential for all. I will continue the standard of excellence expected from the entire UA community.  We will undertake a review and update of the 5 year strategic plan. We will be adding board members to fill vacancies. We will examine culturally responsive language in our core values, and more.  Together, we will inspire continued success.

Congratulations Bush for your unwavering dedication and years of transformative leadership. I’m honored to be on this ride with you and the entire UA community.

Katie Kwo Gerson
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