Barton School’s Office of Career and Professional Development Names Manager

The W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University proudly announces the appointment of Kianga Crowley as the inaugural Manager of the Barton School’s Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD). With an extensive background in communication, development, and mentorship, Crowley brings a wealth of experience and a passion for empowering individuals to her new role.

Kianga Crowley, Manager of OCPDPrior to joining the Barton School, Crowley served as the Director of Development at GraceMed Health Clinic, where she demonstrated exceptional leadership and strategic planning skills. Her dedication to community engagement and personal development is evident in her work as the Founder and Etiquette Consultant at Simply a Lady Co. LLC, a business focused on enhancing self-esteem and preparing individuals for success in professional and social settings. As the Manager of the Office of Career & Professional Development, she will play a pivotal role in guiding Barton School undergraduate and graduate students towards fulfilling career opportunities and professional growth.

“I am truly honored to join the Barton School’s Office of Career and Professional Development,” shared Crowley. “From my discussions with students and employers, it is clear the impact that OCPD can have on our community. I am eager to leverage my experience and passion for mentorship to support students in achieving their personal and professional aspirations.”

The establishment of the Office of Career and Professional Development underscores the Barton School’s commitment to providing comprehensive support for students as they navigate their career paths. OCPD is aimed at linking academic programs to meaningful personal and professional lives by preparing Barton School undergraduate and graduate students to land quality internships and employment in their desired field. Through initiatives such as the Executive-in-Residence, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Widener Global Leaders programs and the Professional Edge workshop series, OCPD aims to equip students with the skills and resources necessary to excel in their chosen fields.

“Adding this role is critical to the success of the OCPD,” said Mel Whiteside, Executive Director of the OCPD. “We are delighted to welcome Kianga to our team. Her dedication to empowering individuals aligns perfectly with the mission of OCPD, and we are confident that her leadership will enhance our students' experiences and contribute to their long-term success.”

Crowley’s diverse professional journey includes roles in journalism, event coordination, and community relations, reflecting her versatility and commitment to making a positive impact. Crowley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Grambling State University and a Master of Business Administration with a focus on International and Global Studies from Friends University. She is also a recipient of the Innovations in Business Award from the Young Professionals of Wichita, recognizing her exemplary contributions to the community through her work with Simply a Lady Co.

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