History of the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions

Originally written and published in the KSBTP Newsletter July 1997 by Charles A. Stryker, P.E. and revised by F. Glenn Phinney, P.E. on June 14, 2011.  Latest revision: August 1, 2012.

The Kansas State Board of Technical Professions (KSBTP) is a combined board that represents Professional Engineering, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Land Surveying and Geology.  The Board was combined in 1976 for four professions, with Geology being added in 2000.  Registration of the individual professions had occurred much earlier.  The original Board was comprised of nine members.  The largest change in the Board occurred in 1993 when the Board increased its size to the present thirteen members.

In 1976, K.S.A. 74-7001 was established by the Legislature to create the Board of Technical Professions by combining the Engineering Examiners Registration Board, the Architects Registration Board, and the Landscape Architects Registration Board.  K.S.A. 74-7004 provides that the purpose of the Board of Technical Professions is to establish and maintain a high standard of integrity, skills and practice in the technical professions and to safeguard the safety, life, health, property and welfare of the public.

In the 1997 Legislature, H.B. 2490 created the licensing of geologists starting July 1, 2000, under the Board of Technical Professions.  The Board began accepting applications for licensure in November 1998 for licensure by a grandfather provision of K.S.A. 74-7043.  Effective July 1, 2000, a licensed geologist replaced a public member on the Board.

The Kansas State Board of Technical Professions currently has 13 members:   two public members, three professional engineers, three architects, one landscape architect, two land surveyors, one member that is a dual professional engineer/land surveyor, and one geologist.

Legal Authority

KSBTP was established by the Kansas Legislature to act as the administrative agency for licensing and regulating the five professions.  The Board has the legal responsibility to protect the public health, safety and welfare by taking the necessary steps to ensure that only qualified individuals practice the technical professions, and that once licensed, an individual adheres to the strict ethical and performance standards set forth in the Board’s regulations.  The Board’s licensing responsibilities are essentially administrative in nature, however, the Board’s enforcement responsibilities, i.e., investigation and prosecution of violations, are judicial in nature.  For this reason, the agency is what is commonly referred to as a “quasi-judicial” agency.  When the Board receives a complaint from an individual or entity alleging a violation of the laws, or if the Board upon its own motion decides that a violation may have occurred, the Board has a responsibility for investigating the circumstances of the case to determine whether or not the alleged violation actually occurred.

History of Licensing

Licensing has been in existence for a long time in the State of Kansas.  The first profession that was licensed was the Registration Board for Professional Engineers, and its first meeting was July of 1931.  It was comprised of five individuals, including the Deans of Engineering at Kansas State University and University of Kansas, a County Engineer, a Consulting Engineer and an Engineer with a structural steel fabrication company.  All were appointed by then Governor Harry Woodring on July 2, 1931.  Professional Engineer license #1 was issued to R. J. Paulette.

The Architectural Registration Board held its first meeting in June 1949, after two years of legislative debate before final approval of statutes allowed the creation of the Board.  The Board was comprised of five individuals who were in private practice; however, the first temporary Chairman was Charles Marshall, who was the State Architect.  Architect License #1 was issued to Charles W. Shaver.

The Board for Landscape Architects was established in 1968 and our records for its initial start are not available.  It is known that Ralph Ricklefs of Salina was Chairman of the Board and instrumental in getting the Board established.  Landscape Architect license #1 was issued to Robert P. Ealy on July 21, 1968.

The Land Surveyors were incorporated into the Engineer’s Board and information about a separate board is not available at the Board office.  The first Land Surveyor license was issued to Truman Schlup on January 1, 1969.

On January 29, 1999, the first Geology License was issued to Lee Gerhard.  In June of 2000, the first Geologist was added to the Board in place of a public member.  The Board remains at a total of 13 members.

The impetus to combine the Boards was primarily driven by State Government consolidating administrative activities.  The first meeting to discuss the combined operation of the Boards of Engineering, Architecture and Landscape Architecture was June of 1970.  They met again in April of 1972, at which time it was agreed that the Kansas Engineering Society would present a proposed bill to the Legislature in the 1973 session.

Perhaps the action that allowed the Board to be combined was the Kansas University Medical Center project that was widely reported as a scandal within the professions.  The principal Legislators during the Legislative Sessions of 1975 and 1976 developed a plan for combining the Boards.   Legislation authorizing the Combined Board was completed in 1976.  The first order of compliance concerned individuals and firms that were involved in the KU Medical Center project.  The intense legal activity concerning the project resulted in the Board obtaining its own legal counsel by contract.  Mark Bennett was retained as Board Attorney in July 1977.  Mr. Bennett continues to serve as Board Attorney.

Charlotte Olander was selected as Executive Secretary in April 1976 and Hal Walker was the representative from the Attorney General’s office.  There were three full time staff persons for the administration of the Board.  There have been four persons fill the Executive Secretary/Director position of the Board since 1976.  After Charlotte Olander, Jean Barbee was hired in 1979. In October 1984, Betty Rose was hired and served until March 2008 after more than 23 years of service.  Since March 2008, Jean Boline currently serves as Executive Director.

Since 1976, changes in operations of the Board reflect improvements to the professions and composition of the Board.  There have been changes in administrative requirements and compliance activities.  Many of the technical professions go beyond the State of Kansas in their practice which means there are professionals requesting to be licensed in Kansas who reside in other states increasing the number of licenses by comity/reciprocity.

Dedicated professionals and public members have served as Board Members.  The effort by these professionals has allowed the Board to maintain the high standards that the State of Kansas has for its’ professionals.  It is well known that Kansas enjoys one of the highest levels of expertise for engineering in the United States and has an excellent reputation for the other professions as well.  A list of Board members is provided that have served on the Board since 1976.  As a professional, if you are aware of those that have served as Board members, let them know that you appreciate them taking time away from their professional careers and businesses to help keep your profession at the highest level in Kansas.

Kansas State Board of Technical Professions Historical List of Board Members

1976 – 2012

MEMBER                                         LENGTH                                  YEARS                                   NOTES          

Howard Blanchard, AIA

Deceased

2 years

1976-1977

Chairman 1976

Douglas Flatt, PE

Deceased

4 years

1976-1979

Chairman 1977

Edward  Salguero, PE

3 years

1976-1978

Henry Neely, Jr., PE

Deceased

6 years

1976-1981

Chairman 1978

Ralph Ricklefs, LA

Deceased

3 years

1976-1978

Robert Evans, LS

3 years

1976-1978

Roy Calvin, AIA

Deceased

4 years

1976-1979

C. James Balderson, AIA

9 years

1976-1984

Mary Kopp, Public Member

1 year

1976

Dan Metz, Public Member

3 years

1977-1979

Robert McCulley, AIA

4 years

1978-1981

Chairman 1980

Craig Roberts, PE, LS

9 years

1979-1987

Chairman 1981 and 1983

Frank Smith, LA

4 years

1979-1982

Chairman 1982

Gail Bierly, PE, LS

Deceased

4 years

1979-1982

Joe Carmichael, AIA

12 years

1980-1987, 1993-1996

Gus Fairbanks, PE

Deceased

9 years

1980-1988

Chairman 1987

Jan Montgomery,

Public Member

2 years

1980-1981

Mike Conduff, PE, LS

8 years

1982-1989

Chairman 1985 and 1989

Dale Dronberger, AIA

Deceased

9 years

1982-1990

Chairman 1984

Richard McAnany,

Public Member, Deceased

6 years

1983-1988

Steve Perry, LA

5 years

1983-1987

Leu Lowrey, PE, LS

5 years

1983-1987

Henry Schirmer, AIA

Deceased

6 years

1985-1990

Chairman 1986 and 1988

Wm. I. Shafer, PE, LS
Deceased

4 years

1988-1991

Thomas Colgrove, LA

4 years

1988-1991

Charles A. Stryker, PE, Deceased

12 years

1987-1999

Chairman 1993, 1994 and 1996

Carl Knop, PE

4 years

1989-1992

Chairman 1991

Nancy (Macy) Peterson,

Public Member

4 years

1989-1992

Chairman 1990

Joe Johnson, AIA

4 years

11 years

1989-1992

1997-2008

Chairman 1992, 1999

Chairman 2006

Rod Fogo, PE

4 years

1990-1993

H. D. Woods, AIA

3 years

1991-1993

Carl Ossmann, AIA, Deceased

3 years

1991-1993

Murray L. Rhodes, LS

20 years

1992-2008,2008-2012

Chairman 1998

William Winslow, LA

12 years

1992-2003

Chairman 1997

Howard H. Depew, Jr., PE

5 years

1993-1997

Darrell D. Hammond, PE, LS

4 years

1993-1996

Chairman 1994

Frank Hirons, Public Member

1 year

1993

Harry Perry, Public Member, Deceased

4 years

1993-1996

Terry S. Uhl, PE, LS

8 years

1993-2000

Fortunato Bonilla,

Public Member

4 years

1993-1996

Stan Peterson, AIA

12 years

1994-2005

Chairman 1995, 2001

Rich Sternadori, Public Member

3 years

1994-1996

Mike Thompson, PE

4 years

1994-1997

Joe Vanderweide, AIA

12 years

1994-2006

Chairman 2004

Arthur G. Griffiths, LS

4 years

1996-2000

F. Glenn Phinney, PE,

Public Member, Deceased

8 years

1996-2004

Richard Porter, Public Member

 4 years

1996-2000

Donald E. Rathbone, PE,

Public Member

13 years

1996-2009

Chairman 2000

Larry Hole, PE, Deceased

6 years

1998-2004

Chairman 2003

Kenneth J. Vaughn, PE

12 years

1998-2010

Chairman 2002

Cecil Kingsley, PE

12 years

1999-2011

Chairman 2007

Tom Mulinazzi, PE, LS

12 years

2000-2012

Chairman 2005

Richard Moberly, Geologist,

Deceased

11 years

2000-2011

Chairman 2008

Tex L. New, LS, Deceased

4 years

2000-2004

Philip Meyer, LA

Currently serving

2003-

Chairman 2011

George Dean, PE

8 years

2004-2012

George Barbee, Public Member

Currently serving

2004-

Chairman 2009

Timothy R. Sloan, LS

Currently serving

2004

Chairman 2012

David L. Hoffman, Architect

Currently serving

2005-

Chairman 2010

Vincent Mancini, Architect

Currently serving

2006-

Wendy Ornelas, Architect

Currently serving

2008-

Steve Brosemer, LS

Currently serving

2008-

Forrest Erickson, PE

Currently serving

2010-

Chairman 2013

Robert W. Henthorne, Geologist

Currently serving

2011-

Richard B. Hayter, PE

Currently serving

2011-

Maurice Bowersox, PE Currently serving

2012-

Larry Graham, PE, LS Currently serving

2012-

Eric Wimmer, Architect
Public Member 
 Currently serving 2012-  


Kansas State Board of Technical Professions Executive Directors

1976 - 2012

Charlotte (Olander) Wilcox

3 Years

April 1976 – November 1979

Jean Barbee

5 years

November 1979 – September 1984

Betty Rose

23 ½ years

September 1984 – March 2008

Jean Boline

Currently serving

March 2008 -