Barton School faculty member joins 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame

Dorothy (Dotty) Harpool, senior marketing educator and executive director of marketing, enrollments and communication for the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University, is one of four distinguished members to be inducted into the 2021 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame by the Wichita Business Journal. Each person selected has been chosen for a previous 40 Under 40 class and has continued to grow their career in Wichita.

“To be honest, I was completely shocked when I was told I was selected for the Hall of Fame,” said Harpool “This honor isn’t just mine, it is a representation of the cumulative effort by my colleagues within the Barton School of Business. Every day we strive to contribute to the success of the future business community and whenever a member of our team is recognized, it reinforces that we are on the right path.”

The 2021 honorees are Harpool, Lathia DeSilva from Signal Theory, Dustin DeVaughn of DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers, and Ed O’Malley at the Kansas Leadership Center. The 40 Under 40 program was created in 1998. Since then, only 28 others have been named to its Hall of Fame.

“Dotty is one of the most intelligent, creative, dynamic, and dedicated individuals I’ve had the pleasure of working with,” said Dr. Larisa Genin, dean of the Barton School of Business. “I’m continually inspired by her passion for the business school, university and city.”

Harpool and the rest of the Hall of Fame class will be recognized at the 40 Under 40 dinner, which will take place on July 29 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

“Our university is very lucky to have phenomenal people like Dotty stay and build their legacy in Wichita,” Dr. Shirley Lefever, interim executive vice president and provost at WSU. “Dotty’s work has helped shape the Barton School into the program it is today. The 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame is right where she belongs.”