Dr. Dykes is the former Chairman and Lead Director of PepsiAmericas, Inc. He was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Fleming Companies until September 2004. He assumed those roles at Fleming in March 2003 following his service to the company as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. He also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Security Benefit Group of Companies from 1980 through 1987 and was the Chancellor of the University of Kansas from 1973 to 1980. Prior to that, he served as Chancellor of the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Dykes also serves as a Director of Midas, Inc. and Raytech Corporation. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kansas University Endowment Association, the William Allen White Foundation and YouthFriends, Inc. Dr. Dykes formerly served as Vice Chairman of the Commission on the Operation of the United States Senate and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Universities.
He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from East Tennessee University and his Doctorate from the University of Tennessee.