2012 News Releases

April 27, 2012

Dr. Bardo to be WSU’s 13th President

(WICHITA) – Today, the Kansas Board of Regents announced that Dr. John William Bardo will be Wichita State University’s (WSU) new president. The Board voted to approve the appointment and officially introduced the new president during a special meeting at Rhatigan Student Center on the WSU campus. Dr. Bardo will begin his presidency on July 1, 2012.

“The president of a university is more than just the leader of the institution, he demonstrates the value of higher education through actions and words,” said Regent Ed McKechnie of Arcadia, Chair of the Board of Regents. “The president embodies the traditions and future of the university. The Board is proud to announce that Dr. Bardo will be the next Wichita State University president. He rose to the top of an exceptional field of candidates. The Board believes his leadership experience and vision for WSU are an outstanding fit to honor the traditions and shape the future of WSU.”

John William Bardo, Ph.D., served as the Chancellor of Western Carolina University Cullowhee in North Carolina from 1995 to 2011. He has also held various higher education leadership positions during his career, serving as a Department Chair, Dean, Vice President, and Provost. Dr. Bardo earned his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati, his M.A. from Ohio University, and his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University.

“Wichita State University and the City of Wichita are very special to my wife and me,” said Bardo. “I want to thank the Board of Regents and the members of the WSU community for the opportunity to continue building on the strong traditions of high quality education, engaged scholarship, and public service that have been the hallmarks of WSU for generations.”

Following the Board’s announcement, Dr. Bardo and his wife, Deborah, were introduced to members of the WSU and Wichita communities during a reception.

“A special thank you to the members of the WSU Presidential Search Committee,” said McKechnie. “This talented and dedicated group of individuals made a commitment to help the Board find the best candidates from around the nation. Today, we honor this exceptional group in naming the 13th President of WSU.”


About the Kansas Board of Regents:
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents, founded in 1925 and established in the Kansas Constitution, is the governing board of the six state universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, career and technical education programs, and the state university retirement plans. The Board also approves private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network, a statewide network that provides broadband Internet access and distance learning capabilities for schools, hospitals, and libraries.

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