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Richard Webster Barsness

Richard Webster Barsness, American management educator, academic administrator. Recipient R.R. and E.C. Hillman award, Lehigh University, 1991.


  • Barsness, Richard Webster was born on April 26, 1935 in Elbow Lake, Minnesota, United States. Son of Russel E. and Joanna (Warga) Barsness.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Minnesota, 1957. Master of Arts, University Minnesota, 1958. Map.A., University Minnesota, 1960.

      Doctor of Philosophy, University Minnesota, 1963.


    • Budget analyst United States Bureau Budget, Washington, 1960-1961. Instructor, assistant professor Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1962-1969, associate professor, 1969-1978, associate dean, 1972-1978. Dean, professor Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1978-1992, professor, 1978—2005, Iacocca professor business, 1992-1993, executive director Iacocca Institute, 1992-1995, University distinguished service professor management, 1995—2005, emeritus professor, since 2005.

      Professor Lehigh in Prague, since 2000. Executive secretary Lexington Group in Transport History, 1969-1989. President Business History Conference, 1981-1982, Lexington Group, Inc., 1997-2005.

      Lecturer Transportation Center, Evanston, Illinois, 1964-1984. Editorial consultant.


    • Contributor: articles to professional journals. Editor: Lexington Newsletter.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Member Governor's Advisory Council State of Illinois, 1969—1972. General chairman United Way Lehigh University, 1981. Board directors Episcopal House, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1999—2007, president, 2003—2005.

    Chair Third Millennium Fund, Catholic Church Nativity, since 2009. Member of Academy International Business, International Association for Business and Society, Business History Conference (trustee 1978-1981, president 1981-1982), Transportation Research Forum, Academy Management, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma.


    • Married Dorothea L. Gother, August 22, 1964. Children: Karen Louise, Erik Richard.
    • father: Russel E. Barsness
    • mother: Joanna (Warga) Barsness
    • spouse: Dorothea L. Gother
    • children: Karen Louise Barsness
    • Erik Richard Barsness
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    • 1957
      University Minnesota
    • 1958
      University Minnesota
    • 1960
      University Minnesota
    • 1963
      University Minnesota
    • 1960 - 1961
      Budget analyst, United States Bureau Budget
      Washington, United States
    • 1962 - 1969
      instructor, professor Northwestern University
      Evanston, Illinois, United States
    • 1962 - 1969
      assistant, professor Northwestern University
      Evanston, Illinois, United States
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