KENNETH D. FERGUSON (Meet Director)
Kenneth D. Ferguson is a Professor of Law at UMKC School of Law. He is recognized nationally for his bankruptcy law and sports law scholarship. His bankruptcy law scholarship has evolved from preferential transfers and applying linguistic theory to bankruptcy law to proposing an innovative two part business in-fact and business in-law analytical process that courts should consider in determining whether a debtor can avoid the reorganization process of Chapter 11 bankruptcy by instead selling their business under Bankruptcy Code § 363. Ferguson’s sports law scholarship considers application of assumption of risk theory to distinguish liability for injuries to athletes in amateur and professional sports. His sports law scholarship also focuses on achieving gender equity under Title IX for girls from economically disadvantaged, rural, urban, and minority communities. Ferguson has served as the Chair of the Sports & Law and the Debtors’ & Creditors sections of the American Association of Law Schools. Professor Ferguson has employed his sports law expertise in shaping national athletic policy while serving as a member of the Board of Directors USA Track & Field – the National Governing Body for the United States Olympic Track & Field Program and on various national committees for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Under Professor Ferguson's leadership the City of Wichita was awarded the 2011 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships, which generated an economic impact in excess of $20,000,000.00 for the south central Kansas area. Before joining the faculty of UMKC’s Law School, Professor Ferguson was a member of the Corporate and Bankruptcy division of the law firm of Shughart Thomson & Kilroy PC (now Polsinelli). Before entering the private practice of law, Professor Ferguson served as the Law Clerk for the Honorable Dennis Stewart, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the US Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri.
CLIFFORD A. WILEY (Meet Manager)
Clifford Wiley is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he won 12 NCAA All American Awards and 10 conference championships as a member of the Jay Hawk track team. World ranked in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes, Track and Field News once ranked Cliff Wiley as the 19th best all around sprinter in the history of the sport. Wiley is best known as a 400 meter runner, an event in which he won gold medals in three U.S. National Championships, Pan American Games, World Cup, World University Games, and a #1 world ranking. His resume also includes two world records in the indoor 300 yard dash, an American indoor record in the 100 meter dash, and a world’s record in the 4x100 meter relay. He was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team in the 200 meter dash, which did not compete when the U.S. boycotted the Olympic Games in Moscow. Along with his fellow olympian teammates, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. Wiley has served as a head or assistant coach or manager on 5 U.S. National Teams. Away from the track Cliff Wiley has been a prolific promoter and creator of successful track and field events. He was the driving force behind the acquisition of the 2017 USATF Junior Olympic Championships in Lawrence, Kansas, an event which pumped over $25,000,000.00 in economic benefit into the northeastern Kansas counties of Douglas, Shawnee, Wyandotte and Johnson. In 2018 Wiley helped create the International Youth Track and Field Championships in Washington D.C. A former national vice president for USA Track and Field, Wiley was the recipient of the 2021 USATF President’s Award for Service. He is a practicing attorney and president of Nicodemus Sports.