Leadership Washburn

Project Team

The Project Team develops and continuously improves all aspects of the program, including program mission and goals, the learning framework, and participant selection. The Project Team works in partnership with the Alumni Facilitators to encourage participant engagement and learning, with particular emphasis on supporting the projects to advance the organization. 

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Cynthia Hornberger

Cynthia Hornberger is Special Assistant to the President and Professor in the School of Nursing. A member of the Washburn University faculty since 1989, Cindy served as the Dean of the School of Nursing from 2000 to 2009. Her academic interests include health promotion, leadership in complex systems, and international education. She is currently Co-Director of the Transatlantic Double Degree grant, and serves on three community boards, including St. Francis Health Center, Brewster Place, and the Capital Chapter of the American Red Cross. Previously she served as President of the Kansas Association of Colleges of Nursing. As Assistant to the President, she provides leadership for the Alumni Association, University Relations, and Institutional Research. She has received numerous teaching, leadership and service awards and is a Paul Harris Fellow, a 2006 graduate of Leadership Kansas, and Washburn University Alumni Fellow. Her academic degrees include a Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Development, a Master’s of Science and PhD in Nursing, and Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Kansas; and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Washburn University.

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Deborah Moore

Deborah Moore is the Director of Human Resources for Washburn University, assuming the position in January, 1989.  Prior to joining Washburn, Deborah was the Assistant Director, then Acting Director of Human Resources at Kansas State University. With over 30 years of human resources experience in higher education, Deborah earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kansas State University. As a true generalist in the field of human resources management, Deborah is a trained mediator, and has worked in every aspect of human resources.

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Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson is the Dean of Academic Outreach and is responsible for the coordination of the University’s noncredit professional development programs, the off-campus and online academic programs, and the summer sessions.  Prior to arriving at Washburn in 1998, Tim served as the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for the Kansas Board of Regents, the Director of the Kansas Regents Network, the Dean of Extended Learning at Montgomery College in Maryland, and in similar positions at several other institutions since 1978.  He has also served as an adjunct instructor for the Washburn University School of Applied Studies and for Kansas State University, and was a member of the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library Board of Trustees from 1996-2007.  Tim earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Science from the University of Northern Iowa, a Master’s of Education in Adult Education from Texas A&M University, an Ed.S. in Higher Education from the George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of Maryland. 

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David Sollars

David Sollars joined Washburn University as Dean, School of Business and Professor of Economics in 2003.  He is responsible for leading the School’s undergraduate and masters programs, which earned AACSB-International accreditation in 2006. In addition, the School provides the Washburn University Kansas Small Business Development Center (WUKSBDC) that serves nine counties in northeast Kansas. A past Salvatori Fellow with the Heritage Foundation, Washington D.C., David has also served as President of the Academy of Economics and Finance (AEF), an academic organization of more than 300 professors and professionals. He is also a member of the American Economics Association, Southern Economics Association, and other professional organizations. He formerly served as Associate Dean, School of Business, Auburn University Montgomery in Alabama.  While on the faculty he received the AUM School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award, and was later named an AUM Distinguished Teaching Professor, the highest teaching honor at the university.  He was included in Montgomery Advertiser’s “Leading 40 Under 40” list in 2001. He serves on the boards of the MidAmerican Business Deans Association (President, 2013), Junior Achievement of Kansas (Chairman, 2009-10), Stormont Vail Foundation, Sales and Marketing Executives of Topeka (President, 2012-13), the Kansas Business Hall of Fame, and is a past board member and treasurer of the Metropolitan Ballet of Topeka. He was a member of the 2004 Leadership Greater Topeka class, and 2007 Leadership Kansas class.  David holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and a Master’s of Arts in Economics from Ohio University and the Ph.D. in Economics from Florida State University.  

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Thomas Underwood

Thomas Underwood, Assistant Dean of Academic Outreach, has a primary focus in the development and implementation of high-level professional development programs, including the Leadership Washburn program. He has assisted in the development and implementation of programs in process excellence and organizational development related areas, which has led to the recent formation of the Center for Organizational Excellence in partnership with the School of Business and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce/Go Topeka. His involvement in this area has led him to provide consultation and support to Washburn’s Quality Improvement Initiative for the Higher Learning Commission Accreditation as well as the Data Management and Analysis project. Shortly after his employment at Washburn in 1994, he worked with faculty from various disciplines to develop programs related to crime victim issues which eventually led to the establishment of the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies (JCVVS), a consortium program between Washburn University, Fresno State University, and the University of New Haven. He has taught as an adjunct instructor for Washburn University and Fresno State University. Thomas has a Doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University, a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Washburn University.