Board Chairman Emeritus
Kent Duncan has been involved in District 204 as a volunteer since 1994. He was appointed to the District 204 Business Partner committee by then Superintendent Dr. Thomas Scullen. Through this committee, he was instrumental in developing a business partnership strategy involving local business entities engaging with many of the schools on a local level along with district wide partnerships. Kent headed a group of BP/Amoco employees that have partnered with Reba Steck Elementary School since 1994 working directly with students and staff on in class reading, Market Day support and an annual Steck Jeopardy.
Kent spent all of his formative years growing up in Gladstone, MO, a suburb of Kansas City. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Missouri – Columbia. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity holding the position of Vice President in his senior year. In addition, he was employed as an athletic trainer for the Missouri Athletic department while attending school.
Upon graduation in 1976, Kent began his career in Kansas City with Amoco Oil Company (now BP) in 1977 holding various positions during his 36 years with the company before retiring in April 2013.
Married to Kathy Duncan, former Chief Academic Office for District 204, they spent 13 years on the eastern coast of the US before landing in Aurora, IL in 1991. They have two girls, Kim and Courtney, both graduates of Waubonsie Valley High School and the University of Iowa.
Kent retired from the Board of the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation in 2017 after 20 years of volunteer service. He held various positions including chair of the IPEF Grant and Finance Committees, Fine Arts Festival liaison, Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Board Chairman from 2012-2017. Under Kent’s leadership the IPEF developed a strategic vision with a goal of increasing funds raised annually to provide additional support for educational opportunities. During his tenure as chair the Foundation more than doubled it’s annual income and successfully completed its two largest campaigns in the organizations history.
The Board unanimously honored Kent in June 2017 by recognizing him with the title of Board Chairman Emeritus.