Governor Announces Appointment To State Library of Kansas Board

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Governor Laura Kelly appointed Ann Adrian, Newton, to the State Library of Kansas Board.

The mission of the board is to advocate for statewide library services and resources, and to encourage cooperation among libraries and promote and encourage innovative library services. The board promotes cooperation with the Kansas Board of Regents to ensure the inclusion of libraries on the KAN-ED network and continues the availability of statewide library reference resources.

Adrian is currently president of the Newton Public Library Board and serves on the Client Protection Fund Commission administered by the Kansas Judicial Branch. She received a Master of Education from Wichita State University.

“Ann is a very active member of the Kansas and Newton communities and has strong qualifications for this board,” Kelly said. “I’m confident she will be a notable addition.”

There are a total of 11 members on the board, all appointed by the governor.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.