Topeka, Kan. – The Washburn University Board of Regents appointed a presidential search committee today, July 28. The committee is comprised of Washburn University alumni, Topeka community members, Washburn University students, faculty and staff. This committee will work with representatives from WittKieffer, the newly selected presidential search firm based out of Oak Brook, Ill., to help shape the search and screen applicants.

            “The board wanted to ensure the search committee was inclusive and representative of the campus and the broader community,” said Shelly Buhler, chair of the Washburn University Board of Regents. “The president of Washburn University is important to the strategic growth of the university, and Washburn University is integral to the future of Topeka.”

             Greg Greenwood, recently retired EVP and Chief Strategy Office for Evergy, will serve as the chair of the presidential search committee. Greenwood is a Washburn University alumnus and upcoming chair of the Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation Board of Trustees.

Presidential Search Committee Members

Washburn University Board of Regents

- Shelly Buhler, Chair, gubernatorial appointee; President of Hayden Catholic High School

- Terry Beck, Washburn University alumnus with both undergraduate and law degrees; County commission appointee; Practices law and manages Beck & Gunn Law Office

Washburn University Alumni/Topeka Community Members

- Mark Heitz, Washburn University alumnus with both undergraduate and law degrees; Served on the Washburn Board of Regents as well as the law school's board of governors and is currently a trustee of the Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation; Creative One Marketing
- Greg Greenwood, Washburn University alumnus and chair of the Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation Board of Trustees (effective Aug. 1, 2022); retired from Evergy
- Sunee Mickle, Washburn University School of Law alumna, Law School Board of Governors and Trustee, and chair-elect of the Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation Board of Trustees (effective Aug. 1, 2022); VP of Government and Community Relations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
- Cody Foster, Washburn University alumnus; Advisors Excel Co-founder
- Tara Dimick, Washburn University alumna; Owner and publisher of TK Business Magazine and Chief Business Development Officer for Envista Credit Union
- Michelle Cuevas-Stubblefield, Senior VP of Strategy for the Greater Topeka Partnership
- Molly Howey, Washburn University alumna; Senior VP of Economic Development for Greater Topeka Partnership and President of GOTopeka
- Patrick Woods, Manager of Regulatory Affairs and Strategy for ITC Great Plains


Washburn University Students

- Shayden Hanes, President of the Washburn Student Government Association; Business Major
- Amari McGlory, President of the Black Student Union (BSU) and a Student Orientation Counselor (SOC); Social Work Major
- Mason Engelken, Track and Field Athlete; Kinesiology Major


Washburn University Faculty

- Mike Strohschein, Dean of the Washburn University Institute of Technology
- Kelly Erby, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of history
- Jennifer Ball, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and professor of economics
- Shaun Schmidt, professor and chair of chemistry, Washburn University Faculty Senate President
- Melanie Burdick, professor and chair of English
- Becky Dodge, master of health science coordinator and assistant professor for Allied Health in the School of Applies Studies
- Norma Juma, professor of business management in the School of Business
- Amy Westbrook, law professor in the School of Law


Washburn University Staff

- Loren Ferre, Director of Athletics
- Christa Smith, Director of Strategic Analysis, Research and Reporting
- Eric Moss, Associate Director of Facilities Services
- Tiffany McManis, Director of Health Services
- Mark Noble, Electrician and Washburn University Union representative


             The presidential search committee plans to start their work by the second week of August. The next Washburn University Board of Regents meeting has been called for Aug. 18 at 4 p.m.

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For further information, contact:
Joy Bailes
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Office: 785-670-2153
Cell: 785-230-1648
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