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Keith Pickus, Ph.D.

WSU Foundation Vice President

Contact: 316-978-7791 |

Keith PickusKeith Pickus is in his 21st year at Wichita State University, the last three of which have been with the WSU Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2014, Keith spent 13 years in academic administration, serving two years as interim provost and one year as interim dean of the College of Health Professions.

 As Foundation Vice President, Keith oversees the organization’s major gift officers, corporate and foundation relations and the donor engagement team. He also is managing the fundraising campaign for the W. Frank Barton School of Business’ new building, which will be located on the Innovation Campus.

Keith received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Washington, all focusing on European history. He began his teaching career lecturing and teaching on the topic of European, German and Jewish history at the University of Washington and Montana State University before joining the Department of History at Wichita State in 1995.

His education and faculty research have included extensive time living and studying abroad in Mexico, Ireland, Israel and Germany. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Research Award to spend a year in Germany in 1998-99. Keith is the published author of two books and many scholarly articles.

Keith’s community service has included being the program vice president for the Rotary Club of Wichita and the media spokesperson for the successful $286 million bond issue initiative in 2000 for Wichita public schools. He has been a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board and a past president of Congregation Emanu-El.

Keith is married to Deirdre O’Farrell, a speech therapist for Wichita public schools, and they have three adult daughters, Maeve, Lila and Claire.