Michael E. Herman ’62 is the past president and chief operating officer for the Kauffman Foundation. He is also a trustee of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He is the past president of the Kansas City Royals Baseball Team.
Herman earned his degree in metallurgical engineering from Rensselaer and his MBA from the University of California at San Diego. He was a founding partner of Dryden Company, a private investment banking firm in New York. Prior to that, Herman was a vice president of Laird Inc., Investment Bankers in New York City. He joined Marion Labs as vice president of finance and then was named a director of the corporation. Herman became the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Marion. He served as chairman of the board of Tanabe-Marion Labs, Inc. and a member of the board of directors of Marion Labs Nordic Labs, Cerner Inc., Santarus Inc., Senomyx Inc., Vail Valley Foundation, and New Enterprise Associates (NEA).
Herman is married to Karen Herman and they have two children. His wife, Karen, is the past president of the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City and president of the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education. She was recently named “Woman of the Year” in Kansas City. Karen is a member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City, the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, and Temple B’Nai Jehudah. She is also active in ending world hunger and supporting female entrepreneurs.
Herman is a member of the Stephen Van Rensselaer Lifetime Society at Rensselaer.