Connections & Partnerships

Making solid, long-lasting connections is an integral part of a higher learning experience. Friends University faculty and staff work to help students connect with employers, community leaders and services that will enhance your college career and prepare you for what comes next.

Board of Trustees

The Friends University Board of Trustees is vested with ultimate authority for the general, academic and financial policy-making functions for Friends University. Trustees are responsible for the University’s financial health and welfare and exercise their institutional authority in a fiduciary capacity. The board is responsible for selecting the president, reviewing and approving major changes to academic programs, and determining institutional policies bearing on faculty appointment, tenure and promotion.

Trustees are responsible for monitoring the financial condition of the University, ensuring that appropriate policies and procedures are in place and functioning for the institution’s assets, investments, and physical plants. As such, the board approves the annual budget, including tuition and fees. Through its bylaws, the Board of Trustees is responsible for other fiduciary duties and works closely with the president, who is charged with the day-to-day administration of the university.

Dr. Kevin Hoppock, chair of the Friends University Board of Trustees, welcomes your questions or comments. Contact or 316-295-5888.

Executive Committee

Kevin Hoppock

Dr. Kevin Hoppock, Chair

  • Family Physician
  • Via Christi Clinic Northeast
Dr. John Lewis, DDS, Chair

Dr. John Lewis, DDS, Vice Chair

  • Dentist
  • Wichita Dental Group, PA
Bob Casper

Mr. Bob Casper, Treasurer

  • President and CEO
  • POET Ethanol Products
Mrs. Lynn Ghormley

Mrs. Lynn Ghormley, Secretary

  • Retired Music Educator
Mrs. Kim Duggar Atwater

Mrs. Kim Dugger Attwater

  • Corporate Sales Trainer and Public Relations
  • Mike Steven Auto Group
Paul Moore, Vice Chair

Mr. Paul Moore

  • Senior Portfolio Manager
  • INTRUST Bank
Mr. Kevin Henderson

Mr. Kevin Henderson

  • Paper Broker
  • National Fiber Supply Co.
Mr. Jim Nagy

Mr. Jim Nagy

  • Executive Vice President and Global Chief Human Resources Officer
  • GM Financial


  • Mr. Craig Bay
  • Dr. Kneeland Brown
  • Mr. Brent Edmisten
  • Dr. Jace Hyder
  • Mrs. Regina Miller
  • Mrs. Renae Ryan
  • Mr. Jeff Ramsey
  • Dr. Thayne Thompson
  • Dr. Kent Walkemeyer
  • Mr. C. Patrick Woods

External events

If you are interested in bringing an external group to use Friends University facilities for meetings, camps, concerts, weddings or other events, please contact Paulyna Webber, HR Coordinator, via or fill out our External Events Request form. Friends University is an active, private campus twelve months a year. While we are pleased to welcome guests to our campus, the University must first and foremost serve its students, faculty, and staff. Use of Friends University facilities should be for purposes that align with its mission, vision, and values. University facility access is limited to approved groups—requests that conflict and/or interfere with on-campus activities or which are not in the best interests of the University will not be granted. If you have any questions, please contact Paulyna Webber: and 316-295-5804.

Employer Relations

A large part of the education Friends University students receive is focused on putting their newfound knowledge and skills to use in the workforce. This is one reason our students and alumni are excellent candidates for employment in a wide variety of industries.

We know it can be difficult to find the right candidates, which is why we offer a free service called Handshake where employers can post open part-time, full-time, internship or temporary/seasonal positions and students and alumni can search for positions that match their skills.

Employers also are invited to set up an information table in the Casado Campus Center to discuss their organizations and opportunities with students.

On-campus interview days also are available to be coordinated with the Career Services office. This is a great way for employers to meet with many of our exceptional candidates in one afternoon or day and select an individual that is the best fit for your organization.

Contact Career Services to learn more about student-employer relations.

Corporate Partner Agreement

Friends University is pleased to offer a corporate partner agreement to your company and your employees. We know that you’re interested in the retention and growth of your employees which is why we would like to help you with your educational efforts.

Visit the Corporate Partner Agreement page to learn more.

Community Service

Friends University works to enrich not only its students, but also its communities as a whole. We offer diverse entertainment, service and opportunities to people throughout the state of Kansas and beyond.

Enrichment opportunities include our fine arts performances, counseling, the Garvey Lecture Series, athletic events, and our service leadership through Campus Ministries.

Friends University offers a variety of lifelong learning opportunities for students and community members as well. We offer workshops, seminars and special events in addition to our traditional college programs that help individuals expand their knowledge and gain insight into the world through our continuing education in Kansas.

Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation

The Christian Spiritual Formation Institute has three basic aims: offer a high-quality, hands-on undergraduate degree; minister to existing churches and organizations that are wanting to learn about Christian formation; work together with existing organizations in order to expand the field of formation.

 Ministers’ Seminar

For nearly 60 years, Friends University’s Department of Religion and Philosophy has presented a day-long seminar in Wichita that is geared toward clergy, church staff, chaplains, students preparing for careers in ministry or counseling, and interested laypersons.

Noontime Forums

The Marriage and Family Therapy Department in Wichita offers noontime lectures on a wide range of topics related to the mental health field. Learn more.

Teacher Education Workshops

Each summer, fall and spring, we offer graduate-level workshops for teachers interested in professional development or licensing/certificate renewal at our Wichita campus or Kansas City and Topeka Education Centers.

Willard & Jean Garvey Lecture Series

This prestigious lecture series in Wichita features distinguished speakers and legal experts who address topics of interest to the legal, business and professional communities.

Center on Family Living

The mission of the Friends University Center on Family Living (CFL) is to provide compassionate and affordable therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families. To read more about the Center on Family Living, visit the Center on Family Living page.

Friendship Fields

Friendship Fields is a program associated with Friends University that allows college-age adults with disabilities to experience college life while also offering Friends University students the opportunity to work with special needs students. Students enroll in Friendship Fields because they want to go to college and Friends University truly believes lifelong learning and social interaction is important for everyone. To learn more, visit the Friendship Fields page.

Wichita Community Children’s Choir

The Wichita Community Children’s Choir is dedicated to leading children to learn and perform beautiful choral music. Directed by Mrs. Karen Sims, the WCCC is a select group of treble singers in grades 4-8 from Wichita and the surrounding community. Members of the choir strive to achieve the highest level of choral artistry and to discover the joy of singing together through energetic, challenging rehearsals and inspiring, joy-filled performances.

The choir was founded in 1992 by Marilyn Killian and Barbara Bowers. Past performances of the choir include performances with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, with opera legend Samuel Ramey, and at state, regional and national music conferences. Friends University has been the host institution since the choir’s inception.

Rehearsals are Thursdays from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. in the Riney Fine Arts Center on the Friends University campus in Wichita. For more information, visit, or contact Friends University Director of Choral Music, Dr. Mark Bartel:, 316-295-5570.


Current Friends’ cabinet members include: Dr. Amy Bragg Carey, President; Dr. Guy Chmieleski, Vice President of Student Affairs, Campus Pastor and Dean of Campus Ministries; Vernon Dolezal , Vice President of Finance; Dr. Jasper Lesage, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Deb Stockman, Associate Vice President of Marketing & Communications; Kelley Williams, Vice President of Administration

Guy Chmieleski

Dr. Guy Chmieleski

  • Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Campus Ministries
  • President’s Office

Deb Stockman

Deb Stockman

  • Vice President of Enrollment Management
  • Enrollment Management

Kenneth Stoltzfus

Ken Stoltzfus

  • Dean of the College of Business, Arts, Sciences and Education
  • Academic Affairs