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14 Summer 2008
Executives from Burger King and Central Bank and a Missouri
state senator have accepted appointments to the William Woods
University Board of Trustees.
Ben Wells, (left) Burger King executive
vice president and chief fnancial offcer;
Dan Westhues, (below) Central Bank
senior vice president, consumer banking,
and Luann Ridgeway, (right) state senator
from Missouri’s 17th District, are
the newest members to join the
WWU board.
Wells has more than 25 years of
fnancial experience and currently
serves as a key member of the Burger
King executive leadership team. He has also served as the senior
vice president and treasurer of the company. Prior to Burger
King, he was vice president and corporate treasurer at Compaq
Computer Corporation. Before that, he held various fnancial and
treasury responsibilities over a 10-year period at British Petroleum.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University
of Missouri-Columbia, master’s degree in economics from Texas
A&M University and a master’s degree in business administration
from Canisius College.
Westhues, who will serve as treasurer
of the WWU Board of Trustees, has held
his current position with Central Bank in
Jefferson City since 2001. Previously he
was director of E-commerce for Central
Bancompany in Jefferson City.
A 1993 graduate of Westminster
College, he earned his master of
business administration (MBA) at
William Woods University in 1997.
He also attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at
Georgetown University.
Westhues is active in the Jefferson City community, serving as
chairman of the community campaign for United Way of Central
Missouri last year and as funds allocation panel chair since 2001.
He is treasurer of the Missouri River Regional Library. He has
served on the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Board of
Directors and as chair of Leadership Jefferson City. He has been on
the board of directors of both the Capitol City Council on the Arts
and the Jefferson City Community Concerts Association.
Ridgeway has served as a state
senator since 2004. Previously,
she was the state representative for
Missouri’s 35th District, 1992-2002.
A Moberly, Mo., native, she gradu-
ated magna cum laude from William
Woods University in 1978 with a
bachelor of arts degree. She studied
at Oxford University in England and
graduated from the University of
Missouri-Kansas City in 1981 with
juris doctor
As a state representative, she was assistant minority whip of the
House Republican Caucus, 1995-1999. As a state senator, she
was elected to the majority caucus chair leadership position in
2007. In addition to her law career, she is active in local
organizations and serves as pianist at Mt. Zion Baptist
Church in Smithville.
Farewell “Mr. K”
Charles W. Kuergeleis, known to
many simply as “Mr. K,” died Jan.
28, 2008, and the Woods lost an
ardent supporter and friend. He
served as frst vice-chair of William
Woods' Board of Trustees, having
been appointed as a trustee in 1999.
A Chesterfeld, Mo., resident, Mr.
Kuergeleis was named an Honorary
Alumnus in 2004 in recognition of
his distinguished achievement and
outstanding community service. He was a founding member of the
WWU President’s Club Giving Society and an avid WWU sports
fan. He was a generous benefactor to the Fulton campus and
Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
As a young man he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II
and the Korean War. For 44 years Charles worked and traveled
the world for Fru-Con Construction, before opening the Kuergeleis
Consulting Firm. He was a member of countless organizations,
including St. Louis Court of Royal Jesters, 20 Limited Club, the
Monroe County Farm Bureau, the Maeystown Preservation Society
and the Gideon’s Society. Mr. Kuergeleis was preceded in death
by his wife, Doris. He leaves behind daughter, Judy (Kuergeleis)
Schmuck ’72 of Wildwood, Mo.
William Woods Welcomes Three New Trustees
By Mary Ann Beahon