Presidents of KMEA

From 1934 to 2025, 47 people will have held the office of KMEA President. Of these…

  • Three served as KMEA Executive Director
    • F. Robert Hollowell
    • Don Corbett
    • John W. Taylor
  • Five served as MENC/NAfME Southwestern Division President
    • Gayle McMillen
    • John W. Taylor
    • Ronald D. Chronister
    • Mike Quilling
    • Martha Gabel
  • Two served as MENC National President
    • Don Corbett
    • David Circle
  • 27 are in the KMEA Hall of Fame

1.
David T. Lawson
Topeka
1934-36

  • 1985: KMEA Hall of Fame
2.
Virgil F. Parman
Dodge City
1936-37
3.
William G. Altimari
Atchison
1937-38

  • 1978: KMEA Hall of Fame
4.
Grace V. Wilson
Wichita
1938-40

  • 1980: KMEA Hall of Fame
5.
N. Voss Napier
Ellsworth
1940-42

  • 1978: KMEA Hall of Fame
6.
Alan Watrous
Hutchinson
1942-43
7.
Catharine E. Strouse
Emporia
1943-44

  • 1978: KMEA Hall of Fame
8.
G. Lewis Doll
Kansas City
1944-45
9.
Gerald N. Weaver
Pratt
1945-47
10.
William H. Beck Jr.
Colby
1947-50

  • 1981: KMEA Hall of Fame
11.
J. Milford Crabb
Kansas City
1950-52

  • 1978: KMEA Hall of Fame
12.
James H. Barrett
Hutchinson
1952-54
13.
Harold G. Palmer
Hays
1954-56

  • 1976: KMEA Hall of Fame
14.
Donald R. Bafley
Russell
1956-59
15.
F. Robert Hollowell
Wichita
1959-61

  • 1980: KMEA Hall of Fame
  • 1961-1992: KMEA Executive Director
    Successor: Don Corbett
16.
Dean B. Owen
Dighton
1961-63
17.
Leroy Esau
Hutchinson
1963-65
18.
Thayne Tolle
Lindsborg
1965-67
19.
Kenneth Shaheen
Great Bend
1967-69

  • 2006: KMEA Hall of Fame
20.
Gerald M. Carney
Lawrence
1969-71

  • 1977: KMEA Hall of Fame
21.
Don Corbett
Hutchinson/Wichita
1971-73

  • 1986-1988: MENC National President
  • 1997: KMEA Hall of Fame
  • 1992-2002: KMEA Executive Director
    Predecessor: F. Robert Hollowell
    Successor: John Taylor
22.
Edwin Bartley
Lawrence
1973-75

  • 2005: KMEA Hall of Fame
23.
Robert A. Steinbauer
Manhattan
1975-77

  • 1999: KMEA Hall of Fame
24.
William Lilley
Hutchinson
1977-79

  • 2013: KMEA Hall of Fame
25.
Lyle Dilley
Hays
1979-81

  • 1990: KMEA Hall of Fame
26.
Betty G. Owens
Manhattan
1981-82
27.
David Circle
Shawnee Mission
1982-85

  • 2002: KMEA Hall of Fame
  • 2005-07: MENC National President
28.
Larry R. Williams
Winfield
1985-87

  • 2002: KMEA Hall of Fame
29.
Vaughn Lippoldt
Coffeyville
1987-89

  • 2005: KMEA Hall of Fame
30.
Jodie Russell
Independence
1989-91
31.
Robert Lee
Haven
1991-93

  • 2005: Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame
  • 2007: KMEA Hall of Fame
32.
Jeff Anderson
Lawrence
1993-95

  • 2018: KMEA Hall of Fame
33.
Vernon Nicholson
Wichita
1995-97

  • 2000: KMEA Hall of Fame
34.
Gayle McMillen
Salina
1997-99

  • 2001-03: MENC Southwestern Division President
  • 2009: KMEA Hall of Fame
35.
John W. Taylor
Wichita
1999-01

  • 2002-present: KMEA Executive Director
    Predecessor: Don Corbett
  • 2011-13: NAfME Southwestern Division President
  • 2016: KMEA Hall of Fame
36.
Ronald D. Chronister
Halstead
2001-03

  • 2005-07: MENC Southwestern Division President
37.
Rick Ives
Clearwater
2003-05
38.
Dee Hansen
Lawrence
2005-06
39.
Rick Ives
Clearwater
2006-07
40.
Jean Ney
Kansas City
2007-09

  • 2014: KMEA Hall of Fame
41.
Mike Quilling
Deerfield
2009-11

  • 2019-21: NAfME Southwestern Division President
  • 2021: KMEA Hall of Fame
42.
Craig Manteuffel
Hays
2011-13

  • 2015-present: KSHSAA Assistant Executive Director for Fine Arts
43.
Avian Bear
Overland Park
2013-15

  • 2018: KMEA Hall of Fame
44.
Martha Gabel
Olathe
2015-17

  • 2023-25: NAfME Southwestern Division President
45.
Gretchen Bixler
Goddard
2017-19
46.
Gae Phillips
Columbus
2019-21
47.
Mark Gard
Coffeyville
2021-23
48.
Jamie Minneman
Marysville
2023-25