Achievement Day Dinner & Celebration


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Join us for the 76th Annual Achievement Day Celebration!
6:00 p.m. Guest Reception | 7:00 p.m. Dinner & Program
Marriott Downtown Muehlebach Tower | 200 West 12th Street, Kansas City, Mo.

Featured Speaker

John Sherman portraitJohn Sherman,
Chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Royals
in conversation with David Von Drehle,
The Washington Post columnist and a past Achievement Day speaker

 

 

 

Citation for Achievement Honorees

We are proud to present three accomplished William Jewell graduates with the 2020 Citation for Achievement at the Achievement Day Dinner.

Vernon Howard portraitThe Reverend Dr. Vernon Percy Howard, Jr., '86
President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City
Senior Pastor at St. Mark Church in Kansas City, Mo. 

 

 

 

Jill Nagel portraitJill McCrea Nagel, '98
Head Girls Basketball Coach of Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, Mo.
Contracts Manager of Eurofins Biopharma Product Testing

 

 

 

Phil Youtsey portraitPhil Youtsey, '82
Executive Advisor of the Charlotte Sports Foundation, North Carolina
Vice President of the National Football League's Carolina Panthers (1994-2019; retired)

 

 

“Every year William Jewell College produces hundreds of qualified graduates and engaged citizens who make Kansas City their home. We hope you will join us in supporting these students and the College. ”

Corporate Sponsor Committee Co-Chairs Tyler Griffin, '01, and Darren Prenger, '03

Event Details

  • Event Leadership

    Corporate Sponsorship Committee Co-Chairs:
    Tyler Griffin, ’01, and Darren Prenger, ’03

    Honorary Chair:
    Dr. Bill Snyder, ’62

    Toggle Accordion
  • Tickets

    • Individual Patron Tickets: $150. Includes one ticket to the dinner and complimentary parking.
    • Individual Ambassador Tickets: $250. Includes one ticket to the dinner, one valet parking pass and a listing in the dinner program.
    Toggle Accordion
  • Tables

    Corporations and individuals are encouraged to purchase tables of eight. A variety of table sponsorship levels starting at $2,500 with escalating benefits are available.

    Toggle Accordion
  • Achievement Day Convocation

    Join us on Feb., 28, 2020, with our formal convocation event at William Jewell College.

    • 10:15 a.m.
    • Gano Chapel
    • No registration needed
    Toggle Accordion

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Presenting Sponsor – $25,000

    • Prominent recognition in event invitation emails and dinner program
    • Prominent recognition in event publicity
    • Slideshow recognition
    • Priority seating for table of 8
    • 4 valet parking passes
    Toggle Accordion
  • Grand Underwriter – $15,000

    • Prominent recognition in event invitation emails and dinner program
    • Prominent recognition in event publicity
    • Slideshow recognition
    • Priority seating for table of 8
    • 4 valet parking passes
    Toggle Accordion
  • Underwriter – $10,000

    • Prominent recognition in event invitation emails and dinner program
    • Recognition in event publicity
    • Slideshow recognition
    • Priority seating for table of 8
    • 2 valet parking passes
    Toggle Accordion
  • Celebration Sponsor – $7,500

    • Prominent recognition in event invitation emails and dinner program
    • Recognition in event publicity
    • Slideshow recognition
    • Priority seating for table of 8
    • 2 valet parking passes
    Toggle Accordion
  • Benefactor Sponsor – $5,000

    • Recognition in event invitation emails and dinner program
    • Slideshow recognition
    • Priority seating for table of 8
    • 1 valet parking pass
    Toggle Accordion
  • Ambassador Sponsor – $2,500

    • Recognition in event invitation emails and dinner program
    • Slideshow recognition
    • Seating for table of 8
    • 1 valet parking pass
    Toggle Accordion
  • Scholars Sponsor – $1,000

    • Recognition in dinner program
    • Slideshow recognition
    • Priority seating for 2
    • 1 valet parking pass
    • Provides for 2 student tickets to dinner
    Toggle Accordion

More about our Honorees

Read the bios for this year's distinguished Citation for Achievement honorees.

  • The Reverend Dr. Vernon Percy Howard, Jr., '86

    The Reverend Dr. Vernon Percy Howard, Jr., is senior pastor at St. Mark Church in Kansas City and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City. He is a frequent panelist, columnist and speaker on race relations and racial justice, African American history, civil rights and religion. He previously was a senior pastor at churches in Kansas City and Arizona where he also taught college.

    Vernon graduated from William Jewell with a bachelor’s degree in communication and earned the Col. Alexander Doniphan Award as the senior male with the most promise for achievement. He was captain of Jewell’s basketball team, a resident assistant, Black Student Association president and KWJC radio staff member. He later earned a master’s of divinity from Central Baptist Theological Seminary (Kansas) and a doctorate of ministry from Virginia Union University (Virginia).

    Among his service includes leading committees for local civic initiatives. The Kansas City Star named him to its 2018 “51 Missouri Influencers” list while the Kansas City Globe placed him on its “100 Most Influential African Americans In Kansas City” list in 2010. He also received the 2018 Invictus Award for Social Justice at the Northland Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and the NAACP Civil Rights Award.

    Toggle Accordion
  • Jill McCrea Nagel, '98

    Jill Nagel lives in Columbia, Missouri, where she serves as both a corporate manager and a basketball coach. At Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing, a testing facility for the world’s largest pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies, Jill serves as contracts manager following a number of years in quality assurance roles. Early in her career she worked in microbiology and quality assurance at Pfizer.

    Since 2005 she has been the head girls basketball coach at Rock Bridge High School, after several assistant coaching and recruiting positions on the collegiate level. Her Rock Bridge teams have won five state championships and were the first in Class 5 to win four consecutive titles. Among her many honors include being named the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA) Class 5 Coach of the Year five times and being inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame last year. She also was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year and was a candidate for National Coach of the Year.

    At Jewell, Jill was a biology major, played basketball, served as Alpha Gamma Delta sorority president and was a member of Mortar Board and Beta Beta Beta biology honor society. She holds an MBA from the University of Findlay.

    Toggle Accordion
  • Phil Youtsey, '82

    Phil Youtsey retired in 2019 after working more than 35 years in the National Football League with two franchises: the Kansas City Chiefs and the Carolina Panthers.

    As a William Jewell student, he played on the baseball team while earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration and interning with the Kansas City Chiefs. Following a stint as a sales manager for a minor league baseball team in North Carolina, he returned to Kansas City as a sales representative for his hometown Chiefs.

    After more than a decade with the Chiefs, where he advanced to the director of ticket operations, he was recruited to join the NFL expansion team, the Carolina Panthers. During his 25 years as a ticketing leader with the Panthers organization, he served as director of ticket sales, executive director of ticketing and sponsorships, chief revenue officer and finally as vice president of ticketing and sponsorships. At the expansion franchise, his responsibilities included all aspects of ticketing, marketing, sales and revenue growth for the two-state region while implementing, selling and managing the NFL’s first ever personal seat license concept. He currently serves as executive advisor of the Charlotte Sports Foundation.

    Toggle Accordion