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academic administrator , Management educator

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.


Bachelor of Science, University Minnesota, 1957;Master of Arts, University Minnesota, 1958;M.A.P.A., University of 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, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1969-1978;associate dean, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1972-1978;dean, professor, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1978-1992;professor, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, since 1978;Iacocca professor business, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1992-1993;executive director Iacocca Institute, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1992-1995;University distinguished service professor, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, since 1995;president, Lexington Group, Inc., since 1997. Executive secretary Lexington Group in Transport History, 1969-1989. President Business History Conference, 1981-1982.

Lecturer Transportation Center, Evanston, Illinois, 1964-1984;editorial consultant Various publications.


  • Other Work

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


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.

Russel E. Barsness

Joanna (Warga) Barsness

Dorothea L. Gother

Karen Louise Barsness

Erik Richard Barsness