James & Kathleen Maag

James & Kathleen Maag

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James & Kathleen  Maag

James Maag, ba '61 and honorary doctorate '04, was born November 24, 1939. He earned his degree from Washburn in history and political science. He served as Student Council president, junior class president and was on the tennis team. He was also a member of Alpha Delta fraternity, Sagamore men's honor society and was named in Who's Who in American Colleges. After graduating, he earned his M.A. in history from the University of Kansas in 1964. 

He met his wife, Kathy (Covert) Maag, bba '64, while at Washburn. She was a member of Alpha Phi, NoNoSo, Angel Flight, Student Council and was a member of the Washburn Belles choral group. Kathy remained involved with Washburn. Over the years, she served in leadership positions for the Ichabod Club, the Alumni Association and the Washburn Women's Alliance.

Kathy was an assistant to First Lady Olivia Bennett from 1977 to 1979. She served as an administrative assistant to the Chairman of the Way and Means Committee of the Kansas Legislature from 1979 to 1980. For 19 years she worked for a trade association and in 2001 became the general manager of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra.

From 1964 to 1976 Jim taught history and coached at Dodge City Community College. He has also served in a number of political positions including state representative, Legislative Liaison for Governor Robert Bennett, and assistant secretary of state. During his legislative career he served as assistant majority leader and speaker pro tempore of the Kansas House of Representatives. He was employed by the Kansas Bankers Association from 1980 until his retirement in 2004 and served the Association as director of research, senior vice president and president. He currently works as a government relations consultant for the Foulston Siefkin law firm.