Mark Bannister joined the College of Business and Economics as interim dean in August 2018.
Previously, Bannister served as dean of the Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Fort Hays State University (FHSU), where he has led a rapidly growing college. The Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship has significant traditional on-campus instruction, domestic distance-learning programs and on-the-ground international programs in China.
Bannister has received Fort Hays State University’s Pilot Award, its highest teaching honor, and has been recognized repeatedly for his teaching by FHSU student groups. He initiated the “Entrepreneur Direct” speaker series that has brought a series of entrepreneurs to campus to present and to interact with faculty and students and also has worked with the FHSU Foundation to increase private giving to the college and its departments.
He is a senior policy fellow of the Docking Institute of Public Affairs and a principal in Bannister Capital. He teaches coursework on legal issues and management of information technologies, as well as supervises and participates in research and programming on entrepreneurship, telecommunications, strategic planning and community development.
Bannister holds a juris doctor from the University of Kansas as well as a master of science in communications studies.