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Board of Trustees

KPERS Board Members

The KPERS Board of Trustees is comprised of nine members. Four are appointed by the Governor, two are appointed by legislative leaders, two are elected by Retirement System members, and one is the elected State Treasurer. All serve four-year terms.

Lois Cox, Chairperson

Lois Cox Chairperson

  • Vice President for Investments/Chief Investment Officer, Kansas State University Foundation 
  • Board member since August 2012
  • Current term expires January 2017
  • Appointed by the Governor
  • From Manhattan, KS
Kelly Arnold

Kelly Arnold Vice-Chairperson

  • County Clerk, Sedgwick County
  • Board member since March 2013
  • Current term expires January 2017
  • Appointed by the Governor
  • From Wichita, KS
Ernie Claudel

Ernie Claudel

  • Retired Teacher
  • Board member since July 2013
  • Current term expires June 2017
  • Elected Member - School
  • From Olathe, KS
Shawn Creger

Shawn Creger

  • Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
  • Board member since August 2015
  • Current term expires August 2019
  • Appointed by the Speaker of the House
  • From Prairie Village, KS
Ron Estes

Ron Estes, State Treasurer

  • Kansas State Treasurer
  • Board member since January 2011
  • Current term expires January 2019
  • Statutory Member
  • From Wichita, KS
Todd Hart

Todd Hart

  • Deputy Chief, Olathe Fire Department
  • Board member since July 2013
  • Current term expires June 2017
  • Elected member - Non-School
  • From Olathe, KS
Vacant, pending appt

Vacant, pending appointment

Suresh Ramamurthi

Suresh Ramamurthi

  • Chairman, CBW Bank
  • Board member since July 2013
  • Current term expires June 2017
  • Appointed by the President of the Senate
  • From Topeka, KS
Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers

  • Certified Public Accountant 
  • Board member since September 2015
  • Current term expires August 2019
  • Appointed by the Governor
  • From Manhattan, KS

Board Duties

    Board Duties:
  • Reviews and adopts actuarial assumptions and reviews employer contribution rates.
  • Determines an appropriate asset allocation mix.
  • Establishes and follows investment policies and guidelines.
  • Hires and monitors the performance of investment managers.
  • Hires and monitors the performance of various other service providers, including actuaries, consultants, advisors and custodians.
  • Hires and monitors the performance of the executive director (chief executive officer).

Board Meetings & Minutes

FY 2016
Month Day Committee Agenda & Approved Minutes
July 2015 24 Full Board Agenda | Minutes
  23 Audit Committee Agenda
  23 Investment Committee Agenda
  24 Personnel Committee Agenda
September 2015 25 Full Board Agenda | Minutes
  25 Deferred Compensation Committee Agenda
  24 Investment Committee Agenda
  24 Personnel Committee Agenda
October 2015 15 & 16 Educational & Planning Meeting Agenda | Minutes
       
November 2015 19 Full Board Agenda | Minutes
  19 Audit Committee Agenda
  19 Deferred Compensation Committee Agenda
  19 Investment Committee Agenda
January 2016 22 Full Board Agenda | Minutes
  22 Audit Committee Agenda
  22 Personnel Committee Agenda
  22 Investment Committee Agenda
March 2016 25 Full Board Agenda | Minutes
  25 Audit Committee Agenda
  24 Investment Committee Agenda
  25 Personnel Committee Agenda
  24 Deferred Compensation Committee Agenda
May 2016 20 Full Board Agenda | Minutes
  19 Deferred Compensation Committee Agenda
  19 Investment Committee Agenda
  19 Personnel Committee Agenda

FY 2017
Month Day Committee Agenda & Approved Minutes
July 2016 29 Full Board Agenda | Minutes
  28 Audit Committee Agenda
  28 Investment Committee Agenda
  29 Personnel Committee Agenda
September 2016 30 Full Board Agenda
  29 Deferred Compensation Committee Agenda
  29 Investment Committee Agenda
  30 Audit Committee Agenda
October 2016 20 & 21 Educational & Planning Meeting Agenda
       
November 2016 18 Full Board Agenda
  17 Deferred Compensation Committee Agenda
  17 Investment Committee Agenda
  18 Audit Committee Agenda
January 2017 20 Full Board  
  19 Audit Committee  
  19 Investment Committee  
  20 Personnel Committee  
March 2017 17 Full Board  
  16 Audit Committee  
  16 Deferred Compensation Committee  
  16 Investment Committee  
  16 Personnel Committee  
May 2017 19 Full Board  
  18 Deferred Compensation Committee  
  18 Investment Committee  
  19 Personnel Committee  

Committee Assignments

Board Elections 2017

KPERS board members serve an important role overseeing operations and safeguarding the System’s assets. Retired and active members can run for an elected board position and get involved. Board duties.

In April 2017, members will elect two board members. To get on the ballot next spring, you need to collect 100 member signatures on a petition and submit an affidavit.

Download Candidate Nomination Petition form
Download Affidavit of Petition Circulator form

Election Timeline

August-November 2016 Candidates collect signatures
November 30, 2016 Candidate forms due
April 2017 Voting period
July 1, 2017 Winners take office

How the Board is Organized

The KPERS Board of Trustees is comprised of nine members. Four are appointed by the Governor, two are appointed by legislative leaders, two are elected by Retirement System members, and one is the elected State Treasurer. All serve four-year terms. Current trustees

Required Personal Commitment

The Board usually meets seven times a year in Topeka. Trustees also serve on the committees listed earlier, which require additional meetings on the day before the full Board meeting. On average, trustees will spend 15 days a year in Board meetings. Occasionally there are special phone meetings between regularly scheduled meetings. In addition, trustees must read agenda materials in advance and prepare for meetings. Trustees must be committed to their fiduciary responsibilities according to law, acting in the best interest of members for the exclusive purpose of providing benefits to members and their beneficiaries.

Trustee Compensation

Trustees receive compensation for each Board meeting at the legislative daily rate, $88.66 a day Trustees do not receive an annual salary or stipend.

They also receive allowance and reimbursement like State of Kansas employees:

  • Lodging: $81 allowance, arrangements through KPERS
  • Subsistence allowance: $51/day
  • Mileage: $0.54 cents per mile for privately-owned vehicles

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Kansas Public Employees Retirement System
611 S. Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603
Toll-free: 1 888 - 275-5737
Email: kpers@kpers.org