The board of directors of the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation (TTEF) announces the retirement of longstanding Board Chairman Kevin M. Short, effective June 30, 2022.

Under Kevin Short’s leadership, the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation grew into the 4th largest elementary school scholarship foundation in the country, distributed more than $176 million in need-based tuition assistance to St. Louis children, and saw its model replicated nationally.

Michael Dierberg of First Bank will assume the Chairmanship effective July 1, 2022.

“When we started on this journey approximately 15 years ago, we assisted less than 300 families each with the daunting challenge of affording a quality education for their children. Today we are serving over 5,000 families per year, and still growing. I couldn’t be prouder of the TTEF family or more optimistic about the lives our kids may have because of this board’s incredible work. This organization is in excellent hands under the leadership of Mike Dierberg and Executive Director Julie Soffner,” says Kevin.


About Kevin Short

Kevin Short is the Managing Partner and CEO of Clayton Capital Partners, a St. Louis-based investment banking firm specializing in merger and acquisition advisement. Kevin has served for fifteen years as the chair of the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation.  He also served as chairman of the Archdiocesan Finance Council for eight years and held a position on the board of Catholic Education for over 35 years. Kevin is a past board member of the Kenrick Glennon Seminary and the Roman Catholic Foundation and past chairman of Washington University’s Newman Center Capital Campaign.  He is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and Knights of Malta.


Kevin also serves on the board of Mercy Health, Children’s Scholarship Fund in New York and is a past board member of Variety, the Children’s Charity.  He is an active volunteer and supporter of numerous organizations and causes in St. Louis.  For his philanthropy, Kevin has received local and national recognition. Kevin is a recipient of the FOCUS St. Louis “What’s Right With The Region” Award, was honored with the the Seton Award from the National Catholic Educational Association, and received the Order of St. Louis King Award for his lifetime of service to Catholic education and children in poverty. Most recently, Kevin received the Titan 100 award, recognizing St. Louis’ top CEOs and C-Level executives.  To learn more about Kevin, visit


About Michael Dierberg

Michael Dierberg is the Chairman of the parent company of First Bank.  The bank is headquartered in St. Louis and serves markets in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and California, and has been family owned since 1910.  Prior to rejoining First Bank in 2010, Dierberg served as an attorney at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and as an attorney at a federal bank regulatory agency, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.  He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his law degree from the University of Texas.  Dierberg also serves on the board of the KIPP St. Louis and is a member of the Regional Business Council.  To learn more about Michael Dierberg’s new role as Board Chairman of the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation, visit


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