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Snyder Fellows Advisory Board Members

Bill Snyder

 Honorary Chair

Bill SnyderBill Snyder is the head football coach at Kansas State University. He served as head coach at the school from 1989 to 2005, and was rehired to the position on November 24, 2008, making him one of the few college football head coaches to have non-consecutive tenure at the same school.

Snyder has won several conference and national coach of the year awards. The football stadium at Kansas State University, Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium, is named in honor of him and his family.

In addition to his work as the football coach, Snyder was active in raising funds for the library at Kansas State University. He also currently serves as honorary chairman of the K-State Changing Lives Campaign, and is past president of the Friends of the Libraries organization at K-State. In the window of retirement, Snyder invested his time in a Kansas State Department of Education endeavor called Kansas Mentors, becoming the chair.

Chad Faulkner

 Chair, Co-Founder

Chad FaulknerChad is the founder and CEO of Sports Academy, an all-in-one facility for athletes in Southern California. He is also a founder, director, and former President/COO (16 years) of SCHC, Inc., an international specialty finance company. His long track record of entrepreneurial success has led to involvement in many other companies as an investor, director, advisor and executive mentor.

Chad serves as Director and Vice President for the Soaring with Eagles Foundation, whose leadership development program focuses on self-discovery of core values, strengths, and purposeful passion for specially nominated students at the Kansas State University Staley School of Leadership Studies.

He also serves as a Director for the Special Forces Charitable Trust whose primary mission is to provide meaningful financial support, programs, and services to the U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Beret) community and their families through programs of Education and Motivation, Family and Command Support, and Veterans, Advocacy and Heritage.

He is Co-Founder of the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows Program and graduated with a B.S. from Kansas State University in 1990. Chad was a Team Captain and Team Leader on Coach Snyder's 1989 football team.


Robert S. Krause


Bob Krause

The late Bob Krause had more than 35 years of experience in key executive leadership positions in higher education at the college, comprehensive university, and multi-university system levels. The last 23 years of his professional career, he served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Kansas State University, and as Athletic Director during his last year.

He has served on multiple boards including the Board and Executive Committee of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation, the Board and Executive Committee of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, and was Executive Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Institute for Strategic Technology Acquisition and Commercialization.

Since retiring in 2009, Krause remained active in consulting with private for-profit and not–for-profit organizations. He served as Chair of the Board of Directors of NutriJoy, Inc., served on the Board of Directors of the Soaring with Eagles Foundation and the Mercy Community Health Foundation. He was Co-Founder of the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows Program.

Steve Miller


Steve MillerIn 1965, Miller played professional American football with the Detroit Lions. After ten years of teaching track and English in Chicago's Bloom Township High School, Miller became head coach at California Polytechnic State University until 1981, moving into the same position at Kansas State University until 1987. After a year as president of the Special Olympics in Pennsylvania, Miller returned to Kansas State University to serve for four years as Athletic Director. During these four years, Miller was the A.D. who initially hired Coach Snyder.

Miller is CEO of Agassi Graf Holdings and Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. He is also the Executive Chairman of the Board for Power Plate International, and previously served as President and CEO of the Professional Bowlers Association, Director of Global Sports Marketing (and in other capacities) for Nike, adjunct professor at the University of Oregon Warsaw School of Sports Marketing and Director of Athletics for Kansas State University. He has more than two decades' experience as a high school and collegiate track and cross country coach, is a five-time NCAA Coach of the Year and is a member of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.


Gen. Richard Myers


Gen. MyersRichard Bowman Myers is a retired four-star general in the United States Air Force and served as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As Chairman, Myers was the highest ranking uniformed officer of the United States' military forces. Currently, he serves as the 14th President of Kansas State University. 

General Myers became the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs on October 1, 2001. In this capacity, he served as the principal military advisor to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council during the earliest stages of the War on Terror, including planning and execution of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He retired on September 30, 2005. His Air Force career included operational command and leadership positions in a variety of Air Force and Joint assignments.

He graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1965 where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was commissioned by Detachment 270 of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at KSU. In 2006, General Myers accepted a part-time appointment as a Foundation Professor of Military History at Kansas State University. Gen. Myers will serve as Co-Chair for the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign to advance Kansas State University towards its strategic vision to become a top 50 public research university by 2025. 


Deb Richard


Deb RichardDeb is a United States Women’s Amateur Golf Champion and World Cup Champion. She competed on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour for twenty years and captured six professional titles. Three times she represented the United States in international competitions as an amateur and professional. Deb is currently the Co-founder, President, and Executive Director of the Sports Academy Foundation, in the Southern California. 

In 2010 Deb received one of the NCAA’s highest honors with the Silver Anniversary Award for her leadership in both athletics and philanthropic endeavors. As a senior at the University of Florida she captained the women’s golf team to its first national title in 1985.

Deb is an accomplished visionary in leader development where through her Soaring with Eagles Foundation she led the creation of a college leader development program that is focused on core values, strengths and passion. She successfully collaborated with distinguished leadership scholars and universities in the development and implementation of the unique program that resides at Kansas State University Staley School of Leadership Studies.

As an authentic leader, Deb works with global entrepreneurs as a Partner at Global Initiatives Partners, LLC to create viable pathways for the growth and commercialization of their innovations. Deb’s strengths are in creating value-add alliances, developing business structure for long-term success, and building effective teams that leverage individual talent. She has built three successful not-for-profit organizations from vision to implementation and sustainability.

Whitney Hydeman


Chad Faulkner

Whitney is currently a 4th Grade Teacher at Bergman Elementary School. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Education from Kansas State University in May 2016. During her undergraduate years, Whitney was a member of the K-State Equestrian Team and studied elementary education.

During the summer months, Whitney teaches horseback riding lessons to kids in the Manhattan area at her ranch, Hyde-Away Ranch.

Whitney is married to Micah Hydeman, a firefighter with the Manhattan Fire Department. She is the daughter of Bill and Sharon Snyder. 

Frank Hernandez III


Mary Tolar

For K-Staters, Frank Hernandez will forever be remembered for “The Catch” - catching the game winning pass against North Texas with 0:00 on the clock in 1989, breaking Kansas State’s long losing streak; signaling a significant turning point for the program under the leadership of Coach Snyder. 

Currently, Frank is a successful business person, with a passion for leadership. Frank earned his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. He has taught high school, coached football at high school and college levels and been actively engaged in his community. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and BBQ competitions.

Mary Tolar


Mary Tolar

As Director of the Staley School of Leadership Studies, Dr. Mary Tolar works with faculty and staff to provide learning experiences aligned with the mission of “developing knowledgeable, ethical, caring, inclusive leaders for a diverse and changing world” for more than 1000 students in the minor as well as the wider campus community through the School’s extensive array of programs. Tolar teaches Ethical Dimensions of Leadership, Women and Leadership, and Honors Introduction to Leadership Concepts; directs the Coffman Leadership Institute; and partners with K-State’s Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy and Center for Engagement & Community Development.

Tolar is a Rhodes Scholar, Truman Scholar, founding member of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, and co-author/editor of The Lucky Few and the Worthy Many: Scholarships and the World’s Future Leaders (2004). Research interests focus on the art and practice of civic leadership development, women’s pathways to public service leadership, and undergraduate leadership development through applied learning.

Tolar considers developing students as scholars and citizens the civic purpose of higher education, and essential to a vital democracy and a healthy society. “The major challenges we face today are not simple matters of resources. They are not technical problems, but rather challenges that require new ways of thinking, marshalling resources in new ways to adapt to changing circumstances – challenges that call each of us to exercise leadership.


Marcia Hornung

  Program Director  


Marcia Hornung is the Coordinator of Partnerships and Instructor for the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University. Marcia serves as COO for the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows Program, coordinates the Leadership Manhattan Program, and teaches courses in the Leadership Studies minor. Prior to her position at Leadership Studies, she served as an Instructor of Management for the the K-State College of Business Administration and continues to teach distance courses in nonprofit management for the College. 

Marcia has extensive experience in community collaboration and education. She coordinated various programs at UFM Community Learning Center where she held the position of Assistant Director for nearly 10 years. While at UFM, she also taught courses in nonprofit leadership for the Staley School of Leadership Studies as an adjunct faculty member and served as an advisor for the School's nonprofit student organization. Marcia has experience in program development and administration, grant writing and review, and has teaching experience in a variety of community and academic settings. 


Katie Meek

 Resident Fellow  


Katie Meek is the Resident Fellow for the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows Program for the 2016-2017 academic year. Katie was a member of the inaugural Snyder Fellows class in 2015. Katie received her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, Social Studies with a minor in leadership studies from K-State in 2016. 

As Resident Fellow, Katie assists with facilitating program development, coordinating alumni relations, and assisting with management of the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows program.  


Snyder Fellows Curriculum Committee Members

Tamara Bauer



Tamara Bauer is an instructor with the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University. Tamara received her bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences with minors in leadership studies and Biology from K-State in 2005 and earned her master’s degree in College Student Development in 2011.  She is currently pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. 

Tamara currently teaches LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts, LEAD 405: Leadership in Practice, and she coordinates the Peer Leader Practicum. Her scholarship interests are in leadership curriculum and instruction, specifically best practices for significant learning in leadership education.

Mike Finnegan



Dr. J. Michael Finnegan is an Assistant Professor in the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University.  Finnegan has worked extensively as a student and professional with the recruitment and development of college students. He has delivered numerous keynote presentations on motivation and leadership for junior high, high school, and college-aged students.  He is also a co-author of “Developing Knowledgeable, Ethical, Caring, and Inclusive Leaders.”      

Finnegan earned his Bachelors of Science from Kansas State University in May of 2000.  He worked professionally for Kansas State University as an Admissions Representative until the summer of 2003 when he accepted a position at the University of Central Missouri as the Assistant Director of New Student Programs.  He completed his Masters in College Student Personnel from Central Missouri and Ph.D. at Kansas State University in College Student Development.    

Bob Shoop


ShoopAccording to Professor Emeritus Bob Shoop, co-founder of the Staley School of Leadership Studies and Director of the Cargill Center for Ethical Leadership at K-State, "Society needs a large pool of highly qualified individuals prepared to lead. The leadership studies program was developed to provide students with the experiences and training to allow them to become ethical, knowledgeable, caring, inclusive leaders for a diverse and changing world." 

Shoop's primary teaching responsibility was in the area of ethics and leadership. 
He is a nationally recognized expert in the area of leadership and school law. His research areas are leadership, equity and sexual harassment and abuse prevention. Recognized for his commitment to creating a positive learning environment, Shoop has received both KSU's Outstanding Graduate Professor and Outstanding Undergraduate Professor Awards. He has served as a testifying forensic expert in over 50 court cases and serves as a consultant to school districts, universities and corporations in the area of standards of care and harassment and abuse prevention. 

Shoop is the author or co-author of nineteen books and over 100 journal articles, monographs and book chapters, and has produced six educational video programs receiving national and international recognition. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television talk shows including: NPR's Talk of the NationThe Today Show, CNN, and Outside the Lines with Bob Ley.  His work has been featured in numerous newspapers and popular magazines worldwide including The London Times, New York Times, USA Today, Education Week, and Reader's Digest, Rolling Stone and Oprah's "O" Magazine.

Dr. Shoop is co-author of "Leadership Lessons from Bill Snyder," which he recently completed an updated version of that was released in early 2015. 

Susan Scott


SusanSusan Scott served as the founding Director of the Staley School of Leadership Studies until January 1, 2009. Prior to this position she held the lead position in the Dean of Student Life office and served as a counselor in the University Counseling Services.

Scott developed and taught three of the four core courses for the minor. Additionally, she has published in the area of credibility and co-authored a book entitled, "Leadership Lessons from Bill Snyder." Dr. Scott led the effort to secure 11 million dollars to build a home for the Staley School of Leadership Studies and she oversaw the 36,000 square foot building project.