Wednesday, November 20, 2013

MBA alumna joins Kansas gubernatorial ticket

KU alumna Jill Docking made headlines in October when Lawrence Democrat Paul Davis announced her addition to his 2014 bid for Kansas governor.

A long-time resident of Wichita, Docking has been an active player in Kansas public policy, including a 1996 run for U.S. Senate.

“Civil commitment and community are vital to the success of democracy,” Docking said, “and my husband, Tom, and I take seriously our commitments to our city and our state.”

Since earning her KU MBA in 1983, Docking has spent more than 25 years in the financial services industry, and credits her business background for guiding her political career.

“The skills learned in the business classroom — to analyze data and make sound decisions on policy — are critical in both the public and private sectors,” she said.

Docking fondly remembers her time in Summerfield Hall, noting that “a day focused on facing down Maurice Joy or Larry Sheerer taught me critical skills for life — preparation, perseverance and humility.”

She shares Dean Bendapudi’s desire to bring private sector solutions to public problems, and notes that partnerships between the private and public sectors enhance the strength of both.

“It’s my hope that business school alumni will choose to dedicate a portion of their lives to public service through community boards, local elected office or, of course, state or federal office.”

In 2010, Docking received the School of Business Distinguished Alumni Award. She has served the school as a member of its board of advisors, executive committee and finance advisory board.