Our alumni are successful leaders in a Who’s Who of thriving national and international companies, including Koch Industries, Deloitte, Coldwell Banker, American Century Investments, Glendo Corporation, Capital Federal Savings, Spirit Aerosystems, ConocoPhillips, Russell Stover, and PepsiCo. They learned quickly what it means to be Empowered by E when their careers took off after graduation.
Every year, the School of Business selects an ESU alumni who have excelled in their professions and provided service to their communities. These alumni must be within ten years of graduation to be eligible.
2014 Outstanding Recent Graduate
BSB 2005 - Accounting
After graduating from Emporia State University, Maggie Fletcher put her accounting degree to use at Flint Hills Resources, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Serving in various challenging roles as an accounting analyst, a project cost accountant and a senior tax analyst, Fletcher has worked at Flint Hills-owned facilitiy Corpus Christi, TX.
In 2008, she transferred back to Flint Hills' corporate headquarters in Wichita, now responsible for preparing and reviewing multiple types of tax returns ranging from new acquisitions to existing entities.
Fletcher and her family are members of NewSpring Church in Wichita, where she volunteers as a kindergarten teacher on weekends. She is also active in the Salvation Army Angel Tree project through Koch Industries.
2013 Outstanding Recent Graduate
BSB 2006 - Business Administration
Emporia is cementing its status as a mecca for alternative sports, particularly with the work that Jeremy Rusco has accomplished in the past few years. Disc golf is said to be one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States, partly because of Rusco's work to promote the fast-growing sport.
Rusco owns Dynamic Discs in Emporia, a premier disc golf retailer that he started as an eBay company in 2005. The business has expanded from an attic to three different basements before settling into retail storefronts in Emporia, Kansas City, and Lewisville, TX.
He was co-director of the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) Amateur and Junior Disc Golf World Championship tournament that attracted 550 of the world's best amateur disc golfers to Emporia in July 2013.
2012 Outstanding Recent Graduate
Cory M. Haag
BSB 2002 - Management
Director of Operations
The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor that can be granted to an Emporia State University graduate. Each fall, the Emporia State Alumni Association recognizes the outstanding professional accomplishments of Emporia State's finest graduates. Since inception of the of the award program in 1960, approximately 225 alumni have received the award.
Daniel D. Busby
(BSB-Accounting 1963, MBA 1964)
Daniel D. Busby has worked with nonprofit organizations during much of his nearly 50 year career.
In his latest role as president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), Busby works with nearly 1,900 evangelical Christian organizations which receive over $22 billion in annual revenue. ECFA sets standards of governance, financial management and fundraising to which organizations voluntarily commit.
Along with frequent presentations on nonprofit topics, Busby is the author of hundreds of articles and 52 editions of five different nonprofit titles. NonProfit Times has named him one of the 50 most powerful nonprofit leaders for the past five consecutive years.
Another facet of Busby's life centers on baseball memorabilia. He regularly contributes artifacts to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library and Museum and assists the Hall in identifying items donated to their collection. He is writing a series of iBooks on vintage baseball tickets and a print edition relating to Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia.
Anthony D. "Tony" Forcum
Anthony D. "Tony" Forcum, prior to his retirement in May 2014, was a principal of Deloitte Consulting LLP and a member of its Board of Directors. Forcum joined a predecessor of Deloitte & Touche in 1974 after graduating from Emporia State University and became a partner in 1984.
He served as Deloitte Consulting's National Managing Director - Operations & Finance from 2003 through 2009 and managing director of Deloitte Consulting's Texas practice offices in Dallas, Houston and Austin from 1997 to 2001. He also was Managing Director of the Dallas office in 1996. He served as the national recruiting principal for Deloitte Consulting at the University of Texas at Austin for many years.
Post-retirement, Forcum admits that his schedule will remain full. He plans to serve as a consultant for the McCombs School of Business at UT-Austin (where he is a lifetime member of the Business Advisory Council), and to work into an entrepreneurial opportunity combining golf, travel, a newsletter, a website and a published book.
Rosemary A. Kirby
(BSE-Business Education 1952)
Rosemary A. Kirby, Ph.D., has taken divergent routes during a career in education that has spanned more than five decades. From an early classroom assignment at Wichita Southeast High School, Kirby moved into administrative roles at several Wichita schools, including principalships at Mead Junior High, Jardine Junior High and West High Schools.
In the early 1990s, Wichita's USD 259 Board of Education showed its confidence in Kirby when she was named the district's interim superintendent. She was director of Wichita Area Vocational Technical School and president of Wichita Area Technical College, in addition to teaching for nine years in Wichita State University's College of Education.
While officially retired, Kirby spends approximately 24 hours a week tutoring 20 studnets from kindergarten through high school in a variety of subjects: math, language arts, social studies, science and computer keyboarding. It's a time-consuming endeavor, but one she finds extremely rewarding.
Kirby is an emeritus trustee of the Emporia State University Foundation, and is an active volunteer with the Emporia State Alumni Association's teacher appreciation luncheons and studnet recruitment activities.