Barton School of Business launches Alumni Council

  • The Barton School of Business Alumni Council will make recommendations on the school's strategic direction, curriculum, student experience and other facets.
  • The council is a partnership between the Barton School and the WSU Alumni Association. 
  • Council members will also serve as guest speakers and lecturers.

The W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University has partnered with the WSU Alumni Association to launch the college’s first alumni council. The Barton School of Business Alumni Council consists of professionals who received their bachelor’s or master’s degree from the business school and represents different regions, degrees and backgrounds. The diverse, global group serve as leaders to numerous companies. The council membership can be found on the council’s website.

“We’re excited to partner with the Barton School in creating its alumni council,” said Courtney Marshall, president and CEO of WSU Alumni Association. “There’s a lot of pride in the program you graduate from at WSU. We hope this opportunity creates a deeper connection for our alumni to the Barton School.”

The council will make recommendations to the dean on the school’s strategic direction, curriculum, student experience, business partnerships and global outreach. The council members will also serve as guest speakers and mentors, host alumni events and engage in community service initiatives.

“We have so many dynamic and brilliant alumni,” said Dr. Larisa Genin, dean of the Barton School of Business. “This council gives us the opportunity to engage with these individuals and gives them the opportunity to shape the future of their college.”

As a dedicated team of ambassadors, the Alumni Council is just the start of a robust alumni engagement initiative for the Barton School. The college hopes these efforts create alumni satellite locations across the globe committed to helping build its reputation as one of the most premier and innovative business schools in the world.

“WSU and the Barton School has some of the most prominent and successful alumni in Wichita and beyond,” said Dr. Rick Muma, president of Wichita State. “Opportunities like this council are the perfect way to utilize the passion and expertise they began developing here to propel the university and themselves forward.”

“This council is not only going to elevate its members, but also the Barton School, the university and the community,” said Dr. Shirley Lefever, interim executive vice president and provost at Wichita State. “Their investment in the council will help the Barton School continue to grow into one of the premier business schools in the country.”

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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 its 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 majors than any other institution in Kansas. It also holds a double AACSB accreditation for business and accounting, which puts it in the top 1% of business schools worldwide.

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