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Professionals sharing expertise with business students

By The Mercury

In more than 41 classes taking place Wednesday through Friday at Kansas State University, faculty members in the College of Business Administration are giving their seats to industry professionals.

Twenty-nine executives have been matched with courses that are relevant to their expertise as part of the inaugural Executive Professor-for-a-Day event.

“We retired folks feel that among our lifetimes of experiences, there may be something of value to others,” said Sam Forrer, retired president, CEO and owner, Grant County Bank, who is serving as a professor for a day. “The opportunity to pass this on to bright, interested and attentive young people is a reward unto itself.”

Experts in different business disciplines are lecturing students in all majors and in subjects including human resources, data mining and portfolio analysis. This is planned to be an annual event.

Along with Forrer, participating executives include:

Rebecca Adams, consultant; Chance Bahadur, CEO, president and co-founder, The Bahadur Group Inc.; David Ball, client consultant, Nielsen; Jonathan Baum, chairman and CEO, George K. Baum & Co.; Mike Bernard, general director-capital planning and financing, Union Pacific; Candace Duncan, managing partner, KPMG Washington D.C. metro area; Sheila Fehey, director of accounting and controller, Purple Wave Inc.; Elizabeth Gibson, human resources business partner, Mercy Regional Health Center; Tina Glover, CFO, Family Member Veterinary Hospital; Tom Hawk, Kansas state senator; Doug Hill, senior partner, Edward Jones; John Lagemann, senior vice president, sales and marketing for the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America, John Deere; Brent Lanz, marketing and development manager, Kansas State University’s Advanced Manufacturing Institute; Joleen Moden, retired senior vice president, internal auditing, Verizon Communications; Jeff Morris, director, talent development, Koch Industries; Kathy Nelson, president and CEO, Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation; Jeremy Page, associate merchandise manager, Hallmark; Tony Pino, executive vice president, managed care, Ameritox; Jamie Regehr, director, Agility Solutions; Barry Robinson, retired EMEIA tax markets leader, Ernst & Young Global Limited; Gerald “Shad” Shadwick, retired consultant and associate dean, University of Northern Colorado; Kent Townsend, executive vice president and CFO, Capitol Federal Savings; Steven Townsend, vice president, Stifel Financial Corp.; Bill Trenkle, attorney and senior partner, Foulston and Siefkin LLP.; Dennis von Waaden, retired vice president, American Century Corp.; Tammie Wahaus, CFO, TVAX Biomedical Inc.; and Ken Williams, director of licensing, Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization.

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