Global Leaders to Interact with Westminster Students 

4/5/2012 
Emerson Center 

Dr. Debbie and Mr. Paul '81 KavanaughHusband and wife global humanitarians Paul and Debbie Kavanaugh of Las Vegas, NV, will give a public presentation entitled “The Purpose of Privilege” in the Hermann Lounge on the Westminster College campus, at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 12, as a part of the Global Leaders in Residence Program.

In this presentation, Paul and Debbie will discuss what the civic responsibilities should be for those living in America, a country privileged with health, education, success, freedom and happiness, to create similar opportunities for others in the world.

Initiated in 2011, Global Leaders in Residence brings leaders from a variety of academic and professional fields to campus for 2-3 days to speak to classes, interact socially with students, consult with faculty and staff and deliver a campus-wide presentation on their efforts to make a difference in today’s world. 

Paul and Debbie will be spending time April 11-12 on campus meeting with a wide range of student, faculty and staff groups and organizations.  They will visit classes in women’s health issues, physiology and leadership theories & practice as well as meeting with the pre-law honorary society, the Westminster track team and campus social justice leaders in organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Rwanda Partnership, Making Lives Better, WestMO for Hope and the Poverty Initiative.

Paul and Debbie have dedicated much of their time, energy, and resources into a number of international humanitarian efforts.  They have traveled to all parts of the world on behalf of their philanthropy, the Kavanaugh Charitable Foundation, which is committed to helping educate children in the United States and around the globe.

The couple has built an elementary school in rural Cambodia, provided wheelchairs for the mobility impaired in Argentina, provided malaria nets in Africa and supported veterinary assistance for the spaying of animals in South America.

They also established fully endowed need-based scholarships at Westminster College and at the Schools of Law and Pharmacy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

A 1981 graduate of Westminster, Paul is a member of the Westminster Board of Trustees.  He graduated with honors from UMKC Law School and has been a practicing trial attorney specializing in major injury cases and medical negligence.  He also served as a trial attorney with the JAG Corps of the U.S. Army.

Debbie holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from Creighton University and an MBA from Rockhurst University.  She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona School of Pharmacy and the UMKC School of Pharmacy.  She has also been President of the Missouri Society of Health Systems Pharmacists.