Jacob U’Mofe Gordon, Professor Emeritus, University of Kansas; served on the KU faculty, 1970-2004. He is founder and first Chairman of the Department of African (now African and African American) Studies, 1970-1980; served as Executive Director, Center for Multicultural Leadership, 1982-2004. He was Fulbright Senior Specialist to Ghana, and the Kwame Nkrumah Endowed Chair in African Studies, University of Ghana, 2012-2015. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the International Bullying Prevention Association and the National Alumni Association of Bethune-Cookman University; and Advisory Board of the African American Studies Program at University of Florida. Dr. Gordon’s expertise includes African Studies and the African Diaspora.
The Honorable Victor Jackovich, first US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992–1995) and Ambassador to Slovenia (1995–1998), focuses on relations of the SLLC with public and private sectors. He has expertise in Eastern Europe, Africa, and other world areas.
Roberta Johnson, Professor Emerita, received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of California, Davis and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She taught at K-State and the Claremont Colleges in California before joining the faculty at the University of Kansas in 1990.
Betty J. Kagan received her BA in French and Spanish from KU, a maitrise de culture francaise from the Sorbonne, an MA in French Literature and Linguistics from UCSB and an MBA in Computer Applications & Information Systems plus International Business from NYU Stern School of Business. Betty previously served on the CLAS Board as well as NYU's alumni board in NY and UK. Her expertise is in global human resource systems as well as financial systems. Her focus on the board will be integrating international business and consulting needs with the SLLC curriculum and outreach activities.
Barbara Koval-Nelson, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia in Kansas City, focuses on regional community engagement. Her area interests are Slovene language, Slovene studies, and Europe in general.
Randall L. Marcuson currently serves as Executive Chairman of Advanced Animal Diagnostics in Durham, NC. He is also an executive coach for the MBA Leadership Immersion Program at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School. His areas of interest are Japanese language, East Asia, and language for business purposes.
Professor Moldavanova (Wayne State), Public Administration, focuses on the SLLC Board on institutional sustainability.
Rex Niswander, of Counsel with Morrison & Foerster, has worked as a corporate lawyer for more than 30 years. His areas of interest are Mandarin and East Asian languages, international law and international education. He is the Chair of the Board of the Global Language Project.
Viktoria Olskaia, President of the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation, an international entrepreneur and an expert in private-sector development in emerging market countries, focuses on SLLC relations to international partners. Her area expertise is in post-Soviet states, Europe, and Asia.
Mr. Safadi, KU alumnus and President of the Delta Corporation of Kansas, supports the work of the school and focuses in particular on Arabic language, literature, and Islamic culture.
A physician, Dr. Vogelsang serves as the Consul for the Republic of Croatia in Kansas City. She is involved in many civic organization in the Kansas City area.