Friends of Rockhurst University Library

Friends of Rockhurst University Library

In 1967, the Rev. Maurice E. Van Ackeren, S.J., founded the Rockhurst University Library Guild, now Friends of Rockhurst University Library, which established an endowment fund for the continued development of Greenlease Library. Since that time, the Friends of Rockhurst University Library has contributed annually to the library endowment fund through membership dues and fundraising activities. This continuing support allows for the acquisition of new reference materials, additional special collections and updating the technology necessary for the academic growth of our students and faculty.

Friends of Rockhurst University Library Board of Directors


President - Laura Foley
President-Elect - Open
Past President/Historian - Gayle Johnson
Co-VP Programming - Elsie Forlenza and Sandy Berland
VP Membership - Emma Priesendorf
VP Public Relations - Mary Kratofil
VP Spirituality - Carmen Thum
Recording Secretary - Pam Walther
Treasurer - Jeanine Cindrich

Board Members

Peggy Baker
Sandy Berland
Mary Ann Brown
Jeanine Cindrich
Mary Kay Clune
Virginia Coppinger
Laura Foley
Elsie Forlenza
Gayle Johnson

Mary Kratofil
Emma Priesendorf
Becky Selzer
Carman Thum
Pam Walther

RU Library Liaison - Laurie Hathman

RU Staff Liaison - Bebe Harrington

Join Friends of Rockhurst University Library

Membership is open to all alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Rockhurst University. All members are required to pay membership dues which go to support activities that Friends of Rockhurst University Library sponsors and the Greenlease Library Endowment. 

Annual Membership - $50
Dual Annual Membership (two people/same household) - $90
Junior Annual Membership - $35 (under the age of 35)
Lifetime Membership - $1,000
Dual Lifetime Membership (two people/same household) - $1,800

Membership Renewal

Interested in learning more about the Friends of Rockhurst University Library? Contact Bebe Geisel Harrington at or 816-501-4537.