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Beth Tankersley-Bankhead | President and CEO, KC Scholars

Current Position and Past Experience
Dr. Beth Tankersley-Bankhead is the president and CEO of Kansas City Scholars, Inc. Tankersley-Bankhead, who previously served as the director of postsecondary initiatives in Education at the Kauffman Foundation, steered the development of KC Scholars with input from over 70 community stakeholders in the Kansas City region and led its incubation at the Kauffman Foundation.

Before transitioning to the Kauffman Foundation and now to KC Scholars, Tankersley-Bankhead previously served as the executive director of the Missouri College Advising Corps (MCAC), a full-time near-peer college advising model headquartered at the University of Missouri and serving in high schools statewide that had high proportions of low-income, first-generation college goers. Tankersley-Bankhead also previously worked at the University of Missouri (MU), University of Central Missouri, Kappa Delta Pi, University of Nebraska-Kearney, and Eastern Illinois University.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Beth holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Central Missouri, a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling, with an emphasis in College Student Personnel from Eastern Illinois University. She also has a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, with an emphasis in Higher and Continuing Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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