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The Center for Management Development (CMD) has been a beacon for lifelong learning – it is an honor to be named Wichita State University’s Director of Executive Education & Center for Management Development (CMD) joining the dedicated and innovative team at the Barton School of Business, as I am deeply passionate about delivering transformative and results-focused initiatives and excited to enhance the Center’s core offerings while significantly expanding services to C-Suite executives, remote learners and other constituents, in order to contribute to CMD’s legacy with the intent of providing a maximum return on human capital investment.

The CMD has a 55-year history of providing leadership training and workforce development services to more than 150,000 participants for hundreds of organizations in Kansas, throughout the United States and Canada. The Center provides quality, professional education to individuals and corporate clients in order to enhance careers and foster workforce development. As a strategic partner, CMD shares current business knowledge, future trends and best practices to develop leaders and greater skilled employees. With the support of more than 350 expert practitioners and academicians from the Barton School and amongst WSU global network, CMD offers one of the largest, most comprehensive professional training resources focused on developing talent and providing individuals with the tools to thrive making the Center pivotal to the city of Wichita and regional success in bridging the gap in demands of industry and existing workforce.

In order to embrace and serve this demand, the Center for Management Development curates, develops and delivers short but intensive courses with the intent of cultivating and upskilling working professionals. Courses with a gamut of diverse topics from leadership, negotiations, emerging technologies, strategizing practices and many others have been or are being designed, developed and delivered explicitly for professionals currently in the workforce. The CMD partners with many global organizations like Pfizer, Textron, Cargill and Koch Industries, to name a few, in order to provide their employees access to these programs; CMD’s partners are committed to investing in their human capital with the rationale that enriching existing skill sets in order to prepare employees for evolving market scenarios will assist in operationalizing strategy to meet organizational goals.

Case-solving and building on core skills with practical industry scenarios embodies the concentration of the CMD’s Executive Education and Corporate Training programs. With changing business scenarios, organizations world-wide demand a range of advanced skill sets for their employees in order to stay ahead in the curve of competition. The impact of CMD’s EE&CT not only upgrades an individual’s core industry skills but that individual employee’s upgrade acts as a strategic catalyst in achieving organizational goals. The intent of investment in human capital in partnering with the CMD through EE&CT is to incorporate new perspectives and knowledge ascertained by the employee from the program in order to ultimately enhance the vision, longevity, productivity and sustainability of the invested organization.

The CMD difference

  • Engaging, competent instructors with decades of experience delivering training
  • Interactive & experiential learning approach
  • Hands-on, proven, practical training
  • Relevant examples & application
  • Practice the principles & tools on real projects and receive expert feedback
  • Participant manual for future reference

CMD Values

  • Will always act with the utmost integrity and in the best interests of CMD and their fellow employees.
  • Are responsible for satisfying customers and committed to exceeding customer expectations.
  • Are committed to continuously improving processes, products and services while utilizing solid business practices.
  • Recognize that the output of the team is greater than any individual’s single contribution and will cooperate to achieve our mission.
  • Are business professionals dedicated to maintaining a first-class image.
  • Are encouraged and given the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.
  • Will communicate openly and honestly and will respect the opinions of others.


Drawing from a staff of over 350 experts in fields ranging from business to engineering; from information technology to copy writing; we offer one of the largest, most comprehensive training resources in the region.

Wichita State University is the largest University in southern Kansas, boasting a student body of over 14,000 students. Located in Wichita, Kansas, WSU plays a significant role in the area Aerospace industry, which holds the distinction of being the Air Capital of the world.  The campus of Wichita State University is a smoke-free campus.

Attendance at CMD training sessions grants permission for CMD to photograph and/or video all participants in the training sessions, to use in any form as a part of future publications, printed materials, advertising and web content used to promote CMD and that such use shall be without payment of fees, royalties, special credit or other compensation to the participant.


“I just want to thank all of you for making the CMD class I attended, so enjoyable.  Your staff made me feel welcome from the minute I stepped into the building and as always, Dr. Graham had excellent insights and suggestions that I look forward to implementing in my job.  I am looking forward to taking additional classes and will certainly encourage my coworker to do the same.  Again, thanks for the awesome training experience.” – Robin Bradley, Program Specialist/Process Improvement, City Manager’s Office, Wichita, KS


“The level of customer service from the staff was above and beyond the call of duty.  The meal was excellent as well.  I did not expect the level of hospitality that was provided.  Thank you.” – Rod Jackson, Wurth Service Supply Inc., Wichita, KS


“This was my second seminar that I have attended and I am impressed with every aspect of the day, from registration, to the seminar, to closing.  You will be treaed like a friend not just another attendee.” – Cari Crumly, Ph.D., RedGuard, Wichita, KS



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