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Emporia State names four as 2014 Distinguished Alumni

October 3, 2014

Notable careers in nonprofit organizations, management consultation and education will be highlighted when the Emporia State University presents 2014 Distinguished Alumni honors to:

  • Daniel D. Busby (BSB-Accounting 1963, MBA 1964), Winchester, Va.
  • Diane M. DeBacker (BSB-Business Education 1982), Topeka, Kan.
  • Anthony D. Forcum (BSB-Accounting 1973), Plano, Texas
  • Rosemary A. Kirby (BSE-Business Education 1952), Wichita, Kan.

“Our more than 60,000 living alumni demonstrate an amazing level of talent and commitment to their professions,” said Tyler Curtis, executive director of alumni relations.

“We’re very proud of these four Hornets, and look forward to celebrating their achievements during Homecoming this fall,” Curtis said.

Emporia State’s Homecoming takes place the weekend of Oct. 17-18, 2014.

About the Distinguished Alumni

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. 

Diane M. DeBacker, Ed.D., recently concluded four years of service as Kansas Commissioner of Education, providing leadership for the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) to carry out the policies and programs that help the state’s 475,000 kindergarten through twelfth grade students  achieve their academic goals.

DeBacker rose through classroom and administrative ranks in Kansas public and private schools before joining the KSDE, an agency she served as director of school improvement and accreditation, deputy commissioner of the Division of Learning and Innovative Services, interim Commissioner of Education, and most recently Kansas Education Commissioner.

Throughout her career, DeBacker has been sought out by schools, districts, education organizations and others for her educational insights as well as her clear thinking around the issues and challenges facing policy makers, educators and students.

DeBacker left her KSDE post in May, 2014, to serve as advisor to the director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council in the United Arab Emirates.

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 continue to serve McCombs School of Business at UT-Austin (where he is a lifetime member of the Business Advisory Council), and to work in entrepreneurial and consulting opportunities as they may present themselves.

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 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 students 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 student recruitment activities.

About the Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor that can be granted to an Emporia State University graduate. The ESU Alumni Association awards the recognition each fall during Homecoming, recognizing the outstanding professional accomplishments of Emporia State’s finest graduates. Since the inception of the award program in 1960, approximately 225 alumni have received the award.

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