Over two decades of service, Dick Kimberly’s keen insights, strong business acumen, straight-forward approach and generosity have been hallmarks of his leadership on behalf of Zamorano and its students.
Dick learned of Zamorano from his father, John Kimberly, who also served as a member of the
Board of Trustees. In 1994, Dick joined Zamorano’s International Board of Advisors and made his first trip to Zamorano, where he was very impressed by the university and its students. So was his wife Karen. It was she who affirmed: “we have to support these students,” thus launching a commitment to scholarship support that has benefited a generation of students at Zamorano.
In 1999, Dick was appointed to Zamorano’s Board of Trustees, where he served with distinction on the Finance Committee and Investment Sub-committee and as Treasurer of the University. He continues to provide leadership to the Finance committee and university leadership as a Trustee Emeritus. He and his wife Karen also serve as gracious hosts and advocates for the university within the Washington, D.C. community.
Professionally, Dick served in a variety of positions at Kimberly-Clark Corporation for 41 years, retiring as Vice President, Government Relations. He provided leadership in the company’s Operations, Technical and Research Divisions, and spent nine years in Newsprint Sales before joining the Government Relations unit. In 2000 he opened Kimberly Consulting, where he represented the Corporation with the Federal Government.
A dedicated civic leader, Dick serves on the boards of myriad organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland, Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and was on Emory University’s Board of Visitors, to name a few. He chaired Furman University’s Parent Council, hosted the families of Georgia Tech’s football recruits as a member of their Football Entertainment Committee, and served on Georgia Tech’s Joint Fund Committee.
In recognition of his leadership, Dick was named a Trustee Emeritus at Zamorano in 2009, and received Wayland Academy’s Volunteer of the Year in 2019. He is also a recipient of Wayland Academy’s Distinguished Service Citation.
Dick and Karen have four children and six grandchildren who reside in Birmingham, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina and nearby Vienna, Virginia. Passionate boaters, the Kimberly’s can often be found on or near the water when not devoting themselves to public service.