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Woodman Alumni Center

Foundation Profile

Since 1965, the WSU Foundation has sought to fulfill WSU President Emory Lindquist’s vision of providing the "great difference between a university and a university of excellence.” Today, more than 1,250 endowed funds and 600 current funds provide scholarship support, as well as support for professorships and chairs, the library, the Ulrich Museum and other areas on campus.

Mission Statement

The WSU Foundation strives to enhance a community of learning excellence for our students and faculty through philanthropy and stewardship.

Core Values

Integrity – An obligation to honesty and openness with accountability, not only to ourselves but to others.

Teamwork – A reliance upon the professionalism of our colleagues with acknowledgement that all are equally valued.

Relationships – A commitment to enhancing trust, respect and diversity.

Service – A practice of personally performing to a standard that is always exceptional.


Market value of endowment: $290,460,154 - as of June 30, 2015

FY 2015 Support to campus: $13,890,271


Total cash, gifts-in-kind, pledges and planned gifts: $49,030,210†
Number of donors: 13,718
Percentage of alumni giving: 7.8%
†Now includes planned gifts as a comprehensive campaign figure

Annual Fund for Excellence

Student calling program and direct mail campaign raises unrestricted money for the colleges and library.
18 student callers
4 student supervisors


42 full-time employees
2 student employees
25 Annual Fund students

Fundraising Priorities

The Innovation Campus: New home of the W. Frank Barton School of Business, including the Innovation Center
This 163,000 square-foot complex, designed with state-of-the-art amenities, will house the W. Frank Barton School of Business and the Innovation Center, an attached 20,000 square-foot "idea laboratory” that will be the innovation playground for our students, faculty, and private industry partners.

Strengthening faculty is a priority in upcoming campaign
The level of education WSU students receive is dependent on the caliber of the faculty that Wichita State is able to retain and recruit. For that reason, faculty support is one of the four philanthropic priorities of Wichita State’s upcoming comprehensive campaign. Included in this priority is the endowment of more chairs and professorships. Currently, the university’s six colleges have a total of 31.

National Advisory Council (NAC)

Members are dedicated to promoting the interests of WSU and the WSU Foundation.
106 members
4 emeritus members
3 ex officio members
36% of members live outside the greater Wichita area

Board of Directors

The Board is vested with full control of all the assets, affairs and business of the corporation.
19 members
10.5% of members live outside the greater Wichita area
Board Chair: Paul Allen
Board Chair-elect: Debbie Haynes

Leadership Team

Elizabeth H. King, President & CEO
Susan Barrett, Vice President for Finance and Operations
Mike Lamb, Vice President for Planned Giving
Keith Pickus, Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations


1845 Fairmount St.
Wichita, KS 67260-0002
Phone: (316) 978-3040
Fax: (316) 978-3277

Physical address: Woodman Alumni Center
4205 E. 21st St., Wichita, KS