John retired from the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas in 2014 with national recognition for his teaching, research, and service. John’s academic career focused on educating students for careers in local government helping KU to earn its U.S. News and World Report number one university ranking in city management and urban policy. John’s academic experiences were enriched by eight years as an elected city commissioner in Lawrence, including terms as mayor. John continues his work in local government with a consulting practice that includes teaching in local government professional development programs at the Universities of Virginia and North Carolina. John’s community service has included past membership on the Willow Domestic Violence board and the Library board. Currently, in addition to his appointment to the Watkins board, John is a member of the city’s Parks and Recreation board, the University’s Friends of the Lied Center board, and the Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health Department board. John’s goal as a Watkins board member is to encourage collaboration with other community organizations, helping to build community in Lawrence and Douglas County.