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William named director of center at FHSU


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

Fort Hays State University has received a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation that will fund a full-time Management Development Center director. The Management Development Center has been in existence since the early 1980s. It previously has operated under the leadership of a faculty member as a re-assigned course substitute.

In recent years, Kyle Stone and then LeAnn Brown have grown the MDC substantially as they served as director and juggled teaching, research and service responsibilities.

The MDC has become too successful and active for a person to lead and simultaneously have a significant faculty load, said Mark Bannister, dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship. A full-time director was needed to take MDC to a new level of service and activity.

LeAnn Brown led a search committee to fill the director position. The committee and Bannister interviewed the finalists, and Sabrina William was named director of MDC.

William has experience in an executive role and in instructional development. She has extensive economic development and regional business ties and has worked effectively in leading projects, organizing teams, managing organizational budgets and working within the guidance of boards. She served as executive director of the Downtown Hays Development Corp. for 10 years. She was noted for her initiative, follow through and attention to detail. For the last two and a half years, she has worked for FHSU as a staff member on the EnergyNet project developing energy related curriculum.

William took over the position Monday. Brown will continue to be involved with the MDC in providing guidance and as an occasional trainer and consultant. However, by divesting her MDC director role, she will be able to focus her primary attention on the rapidly growing human resource management undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department of Management and Marketing.