KDC Executive Leadership
Governor Jeff Colyer
Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. is a fifth-generation Kansan from Hays who is dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives on the personal, state, national and international level.
Governor Jeff Colyer and his wife, Ruth, have been married for 26 years and have three daughters Alexandra, Serena and Dominique.
Service is an integral part of Governor Colyer’s life. Over the past 25 years, he has volunteered both at home and internationally, including in dangerous war zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans, Libya, and Africa. In 1994, Governor Colyer served as a volunteer with the International Medical Corps and was the only surgeon in southern Rwanda during the genocide.
Governor Colyer also has a heart for service here at home. As a craniofacial/plastic surgeon, he is passionate about reconstructing complex skull and facial deformities in children.
Governor Colyer has been a leader on taxes, fiscally responsible budgeting, economic development and healthcare policy since being elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2006 and the Kansas Senate in 2008.
Governor Colyer led the Kansas Medicaid transformation, which has already saved Kansans over a billion dollars. This was done without reducing provider payments and has increased the number of Kansans covered by the new KanCare managed care program.
Governor Colyer also served as a White House Fellow for international affairs under Presidents Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush.
Governor Colyer holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in international relations from Cambridge University, and a medical doctorate from the University of Kansas, School of Medicine.
Robert (Bob) North, Interim Secretary & Chief Counsel
Robert (Bob) North serves as Interim Secretary and Chief Counsel for the Kansas Department of Commerce. Commerce is the lead economic development agency in Kansas and responsible for business retention expansion. The agency also administers several federally funded workforce development programs intended to provide skill training, job services and talent development for all Kansans.
Bob is responsible for Commerce operations and has served as Chief Counsel for Commerce since 2004. He has extensive experience in public financing, bond funded economic development programs and other economic development incentives. Prior to joining Commerce, he was in private practice.