The new Dean’s Advisory Board (DAB) for the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University reads like the “Who’s Who” of the business world.
“This is a very important, inspirational, distinguished and committed group of industry executives, business leaders and esteemed individuals,” said Dr. Larisa Genin, dean of the Barton School. “I feel very honored and privileged to work closely with such a fine team.”
The Dean’s Advisory Board serves to advance the mission and strategic priorities of the Barton School. By sharing ideas and making recommendations, each member helps the growth and development of the school and its commitment to excellence. Since Dr. Genin’s appointment in June 2019, DAB has expanded from 22 to 50 members. But its size isn’t the only change that’s been made.
“This is the most diverse board we’ve ever had,” Genin said. “Now we have more female executives and representatives of different ethnic groups. We’ve also diversified the industries of our advisors. There are now six board members from the Silicon Valley area, alumni from across the nation and visionaries with extensive experience in disruptive technology and other areas that will shape the future of business education.”
By providing the strategic direction for the school, the DAB in turn works to strengthen, enrich, and enhance the student experience. With the jobs of tomorrow rapidly changing, the board is there to ensure the Barton School continually realigns to help students succeed. Its involvement has already paid dividends with connections to job opportunities for Barton School students, the formation of the executive-in-residence and entrepreneur-in-residence programs, scholarships, and fundraising assistance to help complete construction on Woolsey Hall and the Promise Bridge.
“The Barton School has always been great, but it’s focus on innovation and education is helping it become one of the premier, innovative business schools,” said Clark Bastian, chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board and chairman of Fidelity Bank. “We’re confident that we can help the Barton School become one of those powerful engines propelling the economic development of Wichita, Kansas, and around the world.”
The board consists of an executive committee and three sub committees focused on academic programs, student success, faculty, marketing and outreach and membership. The full board meets three times per year, with committees collaborating more frequently to focus on their areas of expertise.
“A strong Barton School makes for a stronger university and community,” said Dr. Richard Muma, president of Wichita State University. “The board that Dean Genin has assembled is one the most engaged and forward-thinking groups of advisors. Their diversity of thought is unique and will help push us toward a brighter future.”
W. Frank Barton School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board:
- Paul Allen, CEO of Allen, Gibbs, and Houlik, LC
- Philip Anderson, president, CEO and director of H.M. Dunn Aerosystems
- Craig Barton, president of Barton Companies
- Barbara Bassi, philanthropist
- Clark Bastian, chairman of Fidelity Bank
- Susayn Brandes, CEO and president of Great Plains Ventures Inc.
- Dave Burger, principal and partner of KCoe Isom LLP
- Cindy Carnahan, president and CEO of Carnahan Group (ReeceNichols South Central Kansas)
- Lynda Carrier-Metz, chief marketing officer of Restaurant Management Company
- Wayne Chambers, retired president and CEO of High Touch Inc.
- Lance Chastain, president and CEO of Trans-Tel Central
- Mike Davis, vice president of Charles Schwab
- Margaret Dechant, CEO, partner and founder of 6 Meridian
- Ginger Farney, office managing partner at Ernst & Young LLP
- Steven Feilmeier, executive vice president of Koch Investments, Koch Industries Inc.
- Alex Freedland, cofounder and board member of Mirantis
- Patrick Goebel, president and COO of Star Lumber & Supply
- Michael Golomb, founder and CEO of FanVestor
- Misty High, president of Cargill Protein
- Basil Hourani, cofounder and executive partner, Capital7.com
- Roman Kaplun, founder and CEO of Zoolatech
- Gail Knott, CFO of Ruffin Holdings Inc.
- Shawn Lancelot, president of Bank of America Wichita
- Bill Lappin (board vice chair), retired partner of Deloitte LLP
- Stephanie Luetters, philanthropist
- Doug Maxwell, CFO of Mercer Advisors
- Braden McCurdy, CEO of McCurdy Auction
- Melody McCray-Miller, cofounder and CEO of Millers Inc.
- William Moore, retired president and CEO of Westar Energy
- Caesar Naftzger, president and CEO of Riedl First Securities
- James Nastars, president and CEO of Meritrust Credit Union
- Karyn Page, vice president of innovation at Envision Inc.
- Marilyn Pauly, retired vice chairman of Commerce Bank
- Dan Peare, estate planning attorney for Hinkle Law Firm
- Kevin Potucek, president of Kevin Potucek Innovation LLC
- Kenton Richards, regional supervisor at Information Providers Inc.
- John Rolfe, president and CEO of Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Marc Rowland, founder and senior managing director of IOG Capital
- Jay Smith, president of INTRUST Bank
- Susan Smith, senior vice president of GLMV Architecture
- Sean Spencer, vice president of IMA Wealth Inc.
- Susan Thomas, CEO of 10Fold
- Maggie Topping, senior vice president of human resources and communications at Textron Aviation
- Mark Torline, director of Firepoint
- Ted Vlamis, president of Pioneer Worldwide
- Damon Ward, vice president and corporate controller of Spirit AeroSystems Inc.
- Bob White, retired CEO of Garvey/White International
- Peri Widener, CEO of GLoBIL Consulting Group
- Song Woo, president and CEO of LMG
- Michael Young, senior advisor at The Capstreet Group
- Stephen Clark, president of Clark Investment Group
- Mike Michaelis, chairman of Emprise Financial Corporation
Wichita State University serves as the Kansas urban-based research university, enrolling more than 16,000 students from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. Wichita State and WSU Tech are recognized for being student centered and innovation driven.
Located in the largest city in the state with one of the highest concentrations in the United States of jobs involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Wichita State University provides uniquely distinctive and innovative pathways of applied learning, applied research and career opportunities for all of our students.
The Innovation Campus, which is a physical extension of the Wichita State University main campus, is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing research/innovation parks, encompassing over 120 acres and is home to a number of global companies and organizations.
About the W. Frank Barton School of Business
The Barton School of Business has been the undergraduate and graduate college at Wichita State University since it’s founding in 1926. Located in Kansas’ business hub, the college continues to transform with extensive applied learning opportunities and majors for students. The Barton School currently offers more undergraduate business degrees than any other institution in Kansas – including the state’s only entrepreneurship major. It also holds a double AACSB accreditation for business and accounting, which is the largest selection in the state and puts it in the top 1% of business schools worldwide.