Before passing away in 2019, prominent Missouri businessman Stanley Herzog established a foundation to advance Christian education. Now, the Stanley M. Herzog Foundation will be located in Clay County and advance non-denominational Christian education through an endowment estimated at several hundred million dollars.
According to a news release, the foundation’s primary focus will be K-12, with an eye toward continuing education in colleges and trade schools. Initiatives will include fully operational schools, home schooling, curriculum development, learning pods and more.
The foundation has broken ground on a state-of-the-art, 18,000-square-foot headquarters in Smithville. The building will feature an exhibition hall, a conference center with space available for visitors from across the country and office space for current and future employees. Construction is slated for completion this fall.
Chairman of the foundation will be Todd Graves, a lawyer in private practice with the law firm of Graves Garrett. He is also the former United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.
Initial efforts of the foundation will focus within the state of Missouri, with quick expansion to regions throughout the country. The Board of Directors has already made their first strategic hire: President Darrell Jones, Senior Pastor at Grace Evangelical Church in St. Joseph since 1997.
The foundation’s goals for the first 24 months include selecting an Executive Director to establish operational/internal procedures; developing and executing a Christian education “State of the Union” survey to gain insight into areas of excellence already in place; developing the Herzog Excellence Model to set perimeters and ensure expectations are being met by all; and becoming recognized as a leader in non-denominational Christian education.
For more information, see the foundation’s original news release.