Roy Jensen, director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center, was recognized as the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Kansas Citian of the Year during the organization’s 130th annual dinner Tuesday night.
The award is the highest honor for civic leadership in the area.
In 13 years as director of the cancer center, Jensen has helped guide it to unparalleled success, leading the center to become one of 69 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in the United States.
This summer, the center improved its score from excellent to outstanding and had its NCI designation was renewed. Funding also increased by 11 percent.
The Chamber also announced that it has checked off one of its “Big 5” initiatives to help make the region a better place to live, work, and launch and grow a business.
The chamber moved the mark on one of its earlier goals to grow Kansas City’s medical research from discovery to cure, which included helping The University of Kansas Cancer Center earn National Cancer Institute designation.
Now, it’s focused on a new Big 5 goal of improving the region’s public transportation system through a partnership with Google.