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Gala’s Honorary Co-Chairs Have Strong MNU and KC Connection

Cook Center is transformed for the elegant gala
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President's Honors 2017

Keeping Kansas City Ties:

Though they have lived on both coasts, Ervin stays close to his Kansas City roots.

  • Grew up in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
  • Worked at Allied Signal (now Honeywell).
  • Spearheaded turf-warming project at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City when CEO of AERCO.
  • Current Board of Trustees Member at MNU.

MidAmerica Nazarene University’s annual gala will feature Ervin and Fran Cash as the honorary co-chairs of the 2018 President’s Honors. President’s Honors raises support for student scholarships and is set for April 13, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in Cook Center on MNU’s Olathe Campus. Over the past six years, generous donors have contributed $3.2 million to the gala. This year’s goal is an additional $500,000.


Ervin and Fran Cash


Ervin is a 1981 alumnus of MNU and serves as President & CEO of SloanLED in Ventura, California. Ervin has led companies in the areas of strategy, marketing, sales, business development, and manufacturing. His passion for solving problems with green technology led him to SloanLED in 2016. The company is a pioneer and leader in the development and application of high-efficiency LED lighting technology for commercial and industrial solutions, including high profile illumination signage projects like the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans and the Nissan Stadium marquee at the home of the Tennessee Titans, thought to be one of the largest stadium signs in the world.


Providing for higher education is important to the couple. Both are life-long learners. Upon earning a Bachelor of Arts in communication and human relations at MNU, Ervin earned a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Kansas while he worked for Bendix/Allied Signal (now Honeywell). He went on to complete an MBA at Xavier University, then post-graduate study at Harvard Business School in strategy and competitive advantage.


Fran holds a Bachelor of Science in math and computer science from Samford University. She is recently retired from an extensive career as a senior software engineer developing CAD/CAM software at Siemens. Previously, she worked at Bendix/Allied Signal (now Honeywell) in Kansas City, also writing technical software. Fran is a docent at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California and will begin giving tours at the ranch of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, Rancho Del Cielo, next month. Fran is on the women’s leadership team at Oceanhills Covenant Church.


“I know firsthand that MNU provides a solid foundation for a lifetime of career and community success,” Ervin said. “Fran and I support MNU’s mission of providing an excellent collegiate education and experience in a supportive, Christian environment. We are honored to serve as this year’s honorary co-chairs for President’s Honors.” 


Ervin and Fran will celebrate 34 years of marriage shortly after President’s Honors this year. They have one daughter, Lauren, who completed an electrical engineering degree from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2013 and works at Advanced MicroDevices (AMD) in Austin, Texas, as a senior product development engineer.


President’s Honors will feature an elegant dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment and celebrations of generosity that directly impact students’ education. Tickets for the gala start at $100 and are available for groups and individuals. Sponsorships at varying levels are available as well. Visit for ticket and sponsor information.

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