Pett resigns from Wichita State University

UPDATED – Wichita State University’s director of the Center for Entrepreneurship has resigned.

Tim Pett, who was placed on administrative leave this spring, is already gone from the school, but the resignation is effective on Aug. 31.

“He is resigning, and we appreciate his service to the university,” says Cindy Claycomb, interim dean of the Barton School of Business.

Pett also has been a professor and the W. Frank Barton Distinguished Chair.

Neither Pett nor the university has commented on the reasons for his administrative leave.

Lou Heldman, who is the former interim director of WSU’s Elliott School of Communication, is the current acting director for the Center for Entrepreneurship.


Lou Heldman named acting director for Center for Entrepreneurship; Tim Pett still on administrative leave

WICHITA — It seems Lou Heldman is Wichita State University’s go-to guy for help on an interim basis.

Heldman, who has been interim director of the Elliott School of Communication, is going to be WSU’s acting director for the Center for Entrepreneurship.

Former center director Tim Pett, who also is a professor and the W. Frank Barton Distinguished Chair, was placed on administrative leave for undisclosed reasons several weeks ago.

WSU spokesman Joe Kleinsasser says Pett remains on leave.

There were indications the school was going to be starting a search for a permanent replacement for Pett, but Keith Pickus, WSU’s interim provost and a history professor, says that’s not the case.

“The center has been without a director now for a number of weeks,” he says.

“Until that situation is resolved, we aren’t making any other steps than putting somebody in charge of the center,” Pickus says. “I guarantee you there has been no decision on whether to do a search.”

He says any indications otherwise were a miscommunication.

Pickus says he can’t discuss Pett’s situation because it’s a personnel matter.

Heldman was president and publisher of The Wichita Eagle from 2002 to 2007. He then became WSU’s Distinguished Senior Fellow in Media Management and Journalism.

Cindy Claycomb, who is interim dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business, says she’s pleased Heldman was selected as acting director.

“We’re thrilled that he’s going to join us,” Claycomb says. “Lou will do a great job.”

Tim Pett, director of WSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship, placed on leave

WICHITA — Wichita State University’s director of the Center for Entrepreneurship has been placed on administrative leave.

Tim Pett, who also is a professor and the W. Frank Barton Distinguished Chair, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Keith Pickus, WSU’s interim provost and a history professor, confirms Pett’s leave.

“I can’t talk about it,” he says. “I can confirm that he has been placed on administrative leave. Nothing else.”

Pickus won’t say when Pett was put on leave or give any other details.

“It’s a personnel matter. I can’t talk about it.”

Pickus says no one is in the director’s position.

“Not at the moment.”

Wichita couple’s children inspire them to design shoes and start Ten Tiny Toes

Shania Moore, now 2, inspired her parents, Katie Clark and Maurice Moore, to start Ten Tiny Toes.

WICHITA — The shoe business might not seem likely for someone with an IT or health sciences background, but it’s a natural for Katie Clark and her fiance, Maurice Moore.

The birth of their children – Shania is 2 and Victor is six months – inspired them to start Ten Tiny Toes to sell shoes for children.

“We had babies, and we noticed that there’s a lot of issues with shoes,” Clark says.

Shania suffered blisters from her shoes.

“They didn’t fit properly,” Clark says. “She’d always take them off.”

Clark and Moore started designing what they hoped would be better shoes.

“The big thing that was our overall concern was how they fit her.”

Clark, who recently graduated from Wichita State University with a health sciences degree, began contacting pediatric podiatrists and doing research about shoes.

“Well, my background, you do a lot of research,” she says. “That’s what my degree mainly focuses on.”

Ten Tiny Toes is now Clark’s full-time job. The company’s office and warehouse are on the northeast side.

Moore is a Kansas State University graduate and is getting his MBA while working in contracting.

Clark says they’ve been working on children’s shoes for two years.

“They’re better than we imagined you could come up with really,” she says. “Now we’re happy with them so we thought we should start sharing.”

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Across Time and Page scrapbooking store to open at Cambridge Market

UPDATED — Another new scrapbooking store is coming to Wichita.

Carmen Ned is opening Across Time and Page in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb.

Earlier this month, Kathryn and Jeffrey Welch told Have You Heard? that they’re opening Kat Scrap Fever in Clifton Square in College Hill.

A scrapbooking store is a big departure for Ned, who has almost 30 years of HR experience.

When the company she was working for here was purchased by another company, Ned’s position was eliminated.

“My husband brought to my attention that WSU was having a new ventures program,” Ned says.

She attended to learn how to do business planning.

Ned says Timothy Pett, the director of Wichita State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, was instrumental in her decision to start Across Time and Page.

“He actually liked the idea,” she says. “He saw that it was just a viable business idea and just encouraged me to move forward.”

The store will be in almost 2,000 square feet between Sports Time Fan Shop and Chelmsford Tea & Gifts.

Scott Harper with Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

“It has been a hobby of mine,” Ned says of scrapbooking, “and I always noticed that there wasn’t a store in the northeast area.

She says she’ll have space for 20 people to work on projects or have a scrapbooking party. Ned also plans to offer classes along with “just the latest and greatest scrapbooking merchandise.”