College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Barbara Koval-Nelson, BA Political Science minor Speech 1966

Retired Free lance writer and Radio talk show host
1st Female Chairman of Public Television station KCPT
Baker University Distinguished Civic Service Award
Presiden't Award from the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Kansas City
Honorary Doctorate St mary's Univesity of Leavenworth 2000
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Originally a journalist, Barbara Koval Nelson has written for Business Week, Ingrams, and hosted a radio show on KPHN. Volunteer leadership positions include chairing the boards of public television KCPT, CCVI and Goldstar Scholarship. She is the Secretary of the Greater KC Sports Commission with a target interest in sports for women and girls and on the KC Convention and Visitors Association board. She spent several years on the Greater Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association. Since 2009 she has been an elected member of the Mission Hills City Council with a special interest in Architectural Review and City Planning. She serves as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia in Kansas City.

Areas of Focus: Regional community engagement. Slovene language, Slovene studies, and Europe in general.

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