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. John Lewis, chair of the Friends University Board of Trustees, welcomes your questions or comments. Contact boardchairfriendsu@gmail.com or 316-295-5888.

Executive Committee

Dr. John Lewis, DDS, Chair

Dr. John Lewis, DDS, Chair

  • Dentist
  • Wichita Dental Group, PA
Dr. Denis Knight, Vice Chair

Dr. Denis Knight, Vice Chair

  • Physician
  • Wichita Family Medicine Specialists, LLC
Craig Bay

Mr. Craig Bay, Treasurer

  • Director for Special Projects
  • BREGSCK
Mr. Duane Hansen

Mr. Duane Hansen, Secretary

  • CLU
  • MassMutual
Mrs. Leatha Hein

Mrs. Leatha Hein

  • Owner & Operator
  • Hein Lawn Service, Inc.
Mr. Ed Roberts

Mr. Ed Roberts

  • Director of Gift Planning
  • The Salvation Army
Mr. Dave Depew

Mr. Dave Depew

  • Senior Project Engineer
  • Textron Aviation

Members-at-large

  • Mr. Michael Bankston
  • Mrs. Marilyn Brown, LCMFT
  • Mrs. Kim Dugger Attwater
  • Mrs. Ardith Dunn
  • Mrs. Lynn Ghormley
  • Mr. Kevin Henderson
  • Dr. Kevin Hoppock
  • Dr. Jace Hyder
  • Mr. Kelly Linnens
  • Mr. Paul Moore
  • Mrs. Jana Mullen

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 Career Services Central 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.


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 www.wcccks.com, or contact Friends University Director of Choral Music, Dr. Mark Bartel: bartel@friends.edu, 316-295-5570.