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Leadership council will help guide fundraising for new Barton School of Business facility

Students studying
The Business Building Leadership Council members are (standing l-r) Thomas Kirk, Marilyn Pauly, Bill Moore and Steve Feilmeier; (sitting l-r) Jay Smith, Paul Allen and Fred Berry. Not pictured: Britt Brown, Sandra Heysinger and William Lappin.

Steve Feilmeier and Jay Smith agreed to help lead the fundraising campaign for a new home for the W. Frank Barton School of Business because they recognize the impact a modern facility will have not only on students but also on the business community.

They each have more personal reasons, too. Both are graduates of the business school at Wichita State University and both believe their education helped shape the people they became, in business and in life.

“Wichita State was instrumental in helping to establish the path I took in my life and career, providing opportunities that wouldn’t have existed without an affordable and high-quality education,” said Feilmeier, who was in the first graduating class from the WSU Master’s Program in Professional Accountancy, in 1985.

Smith was a 1979 Senior Honor Man and developed lifelong friendships as a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity. As the first in his family to graduate from college, he has a special appreciation for Wichita State for being the place where he met his wife, Debbie, in their English 101 class.

Feilmeier and Smith are serving as co-chairs of the Barton School of Business Building Leadership Council, a 10-person committee of volunteers who will help the WSU Foundation staff and business Dean Anand Desai raise private funds for the new facility. The estimated cost of the new complex is $70 million, with half being raised privately. It is the top priority in the WSU Foundation’s comprehensive campaign, which will be unveiled publicly this fall.

“To continue to attract the best and brightest students, Wichita State needs to remain competitive in the educational landscape,” Smith said. “This new facility will enable the Barton School to develop transformative business thinkers while also enhancing the entrepreneurial spirit and desire for innovation that have long been hallmarks of business education at Wichita State.”

The new business school complex will create an environment that reflects the modern business world, one where innovation and entrepreneurial drive are valued, Feilmeier said.

“A dynamic facility will allow the Barton School to compete with other top-tier institutions for those students who will provide the workforce of the future,” he said.

The new building, to be located on the Innovation Campus, will replace Clinton Hall as the home of the Business School.

Barton School of Business Building Leadership Council

 

Steve Feilmeier ’85, co-chair, senior vice president and chief financial officer, Koch Industries

Jay Smith ’79, co-chair, president and chief operating officer, Intrust Bank

Paul Allen ’70, CEO, Allen Gibbs & Houlik LC

Fred Berry, chairman emeritus, Berry Companies Inc.

Britt Brown ’74, senior vice president, UBS Financial Services

Sandra Heysinger ’75, retired real estate manager for the Downstream, ExxonMobil

Thomas Kirk ’82, senior vice president and family wealth director, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

William Lappin ’79, ’81, managing partner, Deloitte Atlanta

Bill Moore ’74, retired president and CEO, Westar Energy

Marilyn Pauly ’72, vice chairman, Commerce Bank