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Frank S. "Steve" Coen's Bio

Frank S. "Steve" Coen's Bio

After graduating from ESU, St. John, Kansas, native Frank S. "Steve" Coen received his juris doctorate in 1980 before becoming a member of Sen. Bob Dole's staff in Washington, D.C., and Wichita. The Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) in 1987 hired Coen as program director, which culminated in 2008 with his being named KHF's vice president and chief executive officer.

His belief that education, civic leadership, and health are essential to quality of life is woven into the Foundation's work statewide, through well over $500,000,000 in grants to bring quality healthcare, education, and health activities to rural and urban areas alike.

But, Coen did not stop there. For years, he nurtured the idea of creating an organization to develop leaders. Working with experts and scholars nationwide, and garnering a $30 million commitment from KHF, Coen's dream became reality in 2007 with the opening of the Kansas Leadership Center.

Coen, who retired in July 2019, was named a Wichita Business Journal Newsmaker and as one of Ingram's "50 Kansans You Should Know." He is a member of the ESU Foundation Board of Trustees, an alumni ambassador for South-Central alumni events, and presents to leadership and health classes at ESU.