David Bandy Joins CMU Board

Long history of involvement with University


BandyThe most recent addition to the Board of Trustees of Central Methodist University, Dave Bandy, is perhaps as well prepared for his new responsibilities as anyone could possibly be.

Bandy, a 1966 Central alumnus, knows his alma mater not only from the perspective of a former student. Bandy is stepping away from two other important CMU boards – the President’s Council and the CMU Alumni Association – to join its governing board. His first official meeting as a Trustee comes May 2.

“Dave Bandy is a tremendous addition to our Board,” CMU President Roger Drake said. “Dave loves this University and has demonstrated that commitment through his service on the President’s Advisory Council, the CMU Alumni Board, and through his generous financial support.  His business experience and knowledge will prove invaluable as he contributes to Central’s strategy development as we move forward as an institution.”

“I consider the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees an honor,” Bandy said. “It is further a responsibility to the university to provide guidance and leadership so future generations may enjoy the Central experience and prosper. I am delighted to serve in this capacity.”

A native of Ferguson, Mo., Bandy is retired. He and his wife Nancy live in Leawood, Kan. During his career he worked for seven national firms, and retired as senior vice president of sales for Dunbrooke Sportswear, a national firm that markets imprinted outerwear for the promotional products industry, after 18 years of service.

“I have always attributed my career and personal success to my Central experience,” Bandy said. “The relationships and knowledge I acquired at CMU have provided me a wide range of opportunities, professionally and socially.”

Bandy’s brother Don actually preceded him as a student at Central, and though his brother did not graduate, he always spoke highly of the institution and encouraged his younger brother to consider it.

“He encouraged me to visit Central, a small private college where you could seek faculty support and achieve success,” Bandy said. “He was 100 percent accurate in his assessment. I believe the same values apply today as they did upon my arrival at Central.”

During his days as a student, Bandy was a residence hall counselor, involved in Greek life, and worked in the college dining hall. He also worked at the former Keller Memorial Hospital in Fayette to help with expenses. He and Nancy married prior to graduation and lived in an apartment downtown on the courthouse square.

As a Trustee, Bandy plans to focus on strategic planning and effective communication initiatives for CMU. He is well aware of the important role board members play in the health and vitality of an institution like Central.

“Economics for a private church-related college in competition with state-supported institutions create financial challenges for many small universities,” Bandy said “I have always believed alums should be financially supportive of the university,” he added. “I now have time and the skills to devote to the Board. I believe my past management experience will support the Board in formulating objectives and achieving results for university growth.”


Posted April 24, 2014