Board of Directors

Dr. John Rich

Position: Executive Director

Dr. Rich has been an instructor, professor, associate dean, interim dean, department chair, and even acting assistant vice president of Academic Affairs throughout the past 52 years with Emporia State University. 

Dr. James Leiker

​​Position: Chairman of the Board 

​Dr. James Leiker is a professor in the Department of History and Political Science at Johnson County Community College.  He has founded JCCC's Kansas Studies Institute, and serves on several editorial boards. Dr. Leiker is also a Fulbright-Hays scholar. 

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About Us

Dr. Ed Bashaw

Position: Dean, Jones Distinguished Professor

Dr. Bashaw sees the potential in the Kansas Business Hall of Fame in providing experience and knowledge to business students, the community and Kansas. He provides the leadership and forward thinking needed to propel the KBHF into the future.