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May 2, 2023

Kevin Gwinner awarded Outstanding Dean Award

Submitted by Ruthie Gergeni

From Left: Sherri Gwinner, Kevin Gwinner and Dawn Deeter-Schmelz.

Kansas State University College of Business Administration Dean Kevin Gwinner has been awarded the University Sales Center Alliance, or USCA, Outstanding Dean Award for 2023. The award was established to recognize a dean who has made significant contributions and demonstrated unwavering support of a USCA members' sales program.

With Gwinner's support, the National Strategic Selling Institute, or NSSI, has flourished and been empowered to reach new heights of sales education and attain a 100% placement rate upon graduation. His support makes all the difference in NSSI's work day to day.

"Our faculty and students value the support Dean Gwinner provides," said Dawn Deeter-Schmelz, professor of marketing and director of the National Strategic Selling Institute. "I can walk into his office anytime and discuss opportunities with donors or students. He consistently promotes our program to students and prospective students. I'm proud to work with him and thrilled that he has won the USCA Outstanding Dean Award."

"The K-State College of Business Administration has an exceptional team in our National Strategic Selling Institute led by Dr. Dawn Deeter-Schmelz," Gwinner said. "In seeing the program grow over the last 12 years, I consider it a privilege to promote a program as successful as the NSSI. This program provides a great opportunity for all K-State students to elevate their academic experiences and to enhance their career success. I am honored and humbled to receive the USCA Outstanding Dean Award and I am proud to share it with Dr. Deeter-Schmelz and our extraordinary NSSI faculty and staff team."

USCA is a consortium of sales centers connecting university faculty members with many different backgrounds and areas of expertise. Together, these credible and innovative educators advocate for the continuing advancement of the sales profession through teaching, research and outreach.

The National Strategic Selling Institute is housed in the College of Business Administration and has been named one of the top sales programs in the country for 12 straight years by the Sales Education Foundation. The team consists of students who are enrolled in the certificate or major in professional strategic selling. In fall 2018, K-State became just the 19th university in the U.S. to offer a major in professional strategic selling. Students can also earn a certificate in professional strategic selling, which is open to all majors at the university. The professional strategic selling program introduces students to the fundamentals of sales and the innovative curriculum and sales labs allows students to develop the skills needed to be successful in their careers.

For more information on the National Strategic Selling Institute, please contact kstatesalesprogram@k-state.edu or visit its website.