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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 15, 2011

Kansas City Board of Trade CEO to address winter graduates

Jeff Borchardt

Jeff Borchardt

Jeff Borchardt, Northwest Missouri State University alumnus and president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City Board of Trade, will address the University’s graduates and their families during its winter commencement ceremony Friday, Dec. 16.

“We are very pleased to have Jeff joining us for our winter commencement ceremonies,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. Our graduating class will enjoy hearing how Jeff’s experiences at Northwest of being an engaged Bearcat have translated into significant business leadership experiences. Additionally, his focus on family, community contributions and providing continued support to Northwest in a variety of avenues make him a great choice to serve as our winter commencement speaker.

Borchardt was appointed president and CEO of the Kansas City Board of Trade in 2004 and is a member of the KCBT Executive Committee. He joined the KCBT in 1982 as a commodities investigator and auditor.

He has served in various positions throughout his career with KCBT in areas of compliance, regulation, finance and operations. He was promoted to vice president of compliance in 1987, senior vice president and chief financial officer in 1994, and executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2000. He also serves as a director and executive committee member of both the National Futures Association and Commodity Markets Council.

Borchardt graduated in 1982 with a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Northwest, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and he earned his certificate as a certified public accountant in 1984. Currently, he serves on the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors, which oversees the private donations and endowments for Northwest.

He and his wife, Jill, have two children, and his daughter, Brittany, will receive her bachelor’s in finance with a financial management emphasis during Northwest’s December ceremony.

Northwest’s winter commencement ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, in Bearcat Arena. Doors open to guests at noon. Shuttle service will be provided from the parking lot west of the Ron Houston Center to the circle drive in front of the Lamkin Activity Center. Due to the number of graduates, tickets are required for admission to the ceremony. Graduates will receive six tickets. To accommodate guests unable to attend the ceremony, Northwest will offer a live online stream of the ceremony, which will be accessible at   

More than 330 undergraduate students from Northwest's three colleges are expected to receive bachelor's degrees. More than 100 candidates are expected to receive master's degrees or education specialist degrees through the University's graduate school.

Candidates for graduation may pick up caps and gowns at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the Administration Building from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, through Thursday, Dec. 15, or 8 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

Complete details about commencement at Northwest are posted on the Senior Spot Web site,

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468