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Board chairs have shared their time, talent during the WSU Foundation’s 50-year history

Ad man, banker, publisher, entrepreneur – that’s not the beginning of a child’s nursery rhyme, but rather a few of the occupations held by the men and women who have chaired the Wichita State University Endowment Board of Governors and now the WSU Foundation Board of Directors.

Their diverse experience has given the organization well-rounded guidance during the past 50 years. Holding this position is a six-year commitment, including chair-elect, chair and immediate past chair.

Dwane Wallace

Dwane Wallace

Twenty people have helped shape the history of the WSU Foundation since its inception in 1965, beginning with Dwane Wallace ’33, Cessna Aircraft leader for 41 years. According to a Wichita Eagle article dated July 9, 1965, Wallace was elected during a meeting that took place in the Kansas Gas and Electric Co. hospitality room.

“Dwane was in the first class of our aeronautical engineering program,” said Elizabeth King, WSU Foundation president and CEO, “and so he had a great history and tradition to bring as our first board chair.”

Dan Carney

Dan Carney

Dan Carney ’53, ’04, known world-wide for co-founding Pizza Hut, has demonstrated his Shocker support for more than four decades. Carney has given of his time to WSU’s board of trustees, the WSU Endowment Board of Governors and the National Advisory Council (NAC).

“I served on the university’s board of trustees prior to being chairman of the then WSU Endowment Association Board of Governors,” said Carney, “and I was able to witness the goals and visions of three university presidents. Then, as chair, it gave me a better insight into the challenges and opportunities for the future of the association and WSU.”

WSU Foundation
Board of Directors
current chair & past chairs
  • Fiscal Year
  • 2015 – 2016
  • 2013 – 2014
  • 2011 – 2012
  • 2009 – 2010
  • 2007 – 2008
  • 2005 – 2006
  • 2003 – 2004
  • 2001 – 2002
  • 1999 – 2000
  • 1997 – 1998
  • 1995 – 1996
  • 1992 – 1994
  • 1989 – 1991
  • 1986 – 1988
  • 1984 – 1985
  • 1982 – 1983
  • 1979 – 1981
  • 1977 – 1978
  • 1975 – 1976
  • 1971 – 1974
  • 1965 – 1970
  • Chair
  • Marilyn B. Pauly ’72
  • William B. Moore ’74
  • Craig W. Barton ’83
  • John R. Morse ’72
  • Nancy J. Martin ’69
  • Barry L. Schwan
  • Ronald L. Baldwin ’75
  • Michael C. Burrus ’77
  • Stephen L. Clark ’65
  • Allan K. Higdon ’61
  • Daniel M. Carney ’53, ’04
  • Oliver B. Elliott* ’42
  • W. Frank Barton* ’87
  • Frank L. Carney ’00
  • Richard W. Volk
  • Frank L. Carney ’00
  • Terence J. Scanlon* ’56
  • Richard J. Boushka
  • A. Dwight Button*
  • Lawrence M. Jones* ’53
  • Dwane L. Wallace* ’33

* Deceased

During Carney’s tenure as chair from 1995-96, the Endowment Association was involved in fundraising for many building renovations, including the Ulrich Museum, University Libraries and the dorms and apartments.

“It was very rewarding to observe the university serve more students, witness the activities on campus and feel the energy generated by both,” said Carney.

Al Higdon ’61 was the chair during 1997-98 when the NAC, as we know it today, was created. Higdon co-founded and served as president and CEO of Sullivan Higdon & Sink, a marketing agency that he and Wendell Sullivan began more than 40 years ago. Higdon said that when he was asked to serve the WSU Foundation, he had just announced his plans to retire and was ready for a leadership role with the university.

Al Higdon

Al Higdon

“Probably the most noteworthy achievement of that period,” said Higdon, “was the significant shift from the prior Endowment Association ‘board’ structure to formation of the National Advisory Council, with a much smaller and more nimble board of directors. The board was effectively reinforced by a cluster of working committees, allowing each NAC member to align with his or her major interest and strength. This has seemed to work very well over the ensuing years.

“Those two years, and all my time on the NAC, as a board and committee member, have brought nothing but enrichment — and fun — to my life,” Higdon said. “Getting to know and work alongside the university’s leadership team and the 100 or so talented and dedicated NAC members has been a major part of my life these past two decades. I firmly believe the future is bright for Wichita State. And the viability of the WSU Foundation is a cornerstone of that optimism.”

Nancy Martin

Nancy Martin

Nancy Martin ’69, COO of Emergency Services PA, was the first female chair. She served 2007-08. She also was the first second-generation chair as her father, Oliver Elliott ’42, served from 1992-94.

“My father’s commitment came from circumstances different than my own,” said Martin. “He remembered how difficult it had been for him to receive a university education and he was committed to the Foundation with the primary goal of helping young people to receive an education. Because I was fortunate to not have the same educational situation, I think my commitment came not only with recognition of the students’ needs, but also because I view WSU as being such an integral part of the community and I feel a need to support it in Wichita’s economic and social environment.”

Craig Barton

Craig Barton

Craig Barton ’83, managing general partner of Olympia Partners LLC, also was a second-generation chair. His father, W. Frank Barton ’87, was chair from 1989-91. He was co-founder and former chair of Rent-A-Center. As Craig Barton began his term, he was completing his service on a successful multi-year campaign cabinet to raise money for WSU’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry facility now located near the corner of Oliver and 29th St. North. He also served as chair of the NAC’s investment committee from 2005-10 and was a committee member from 2001-13.

Marilyn Pauly ’72, vice chairman of Commerce Bank, leads the board today.

Marilyn Pauly

Marilyn Pauly

“There are a lot of similarities between being the chairman of the WSU Foundation Board of Directors and being in a leadership position in business,” said Pauly. “It is not so much about what you accomplish individually, as it is about the success of the team. Leadership at the Foundation entails bringing a group together with a common vision and being willing to listen to divergent viewpoints in order to reach a consensus for the common good of our students, faculty, staff and community.”

Pauly is serving at a vital time in the university’s history.

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as chair of the WSU Foundation during this critical and exciting time at the university. We are undertaking our first comprehensive campaign with a goal to raise the funds necessary to enable WSU to enhance its position as a catalyst for regional prosperity.”

 

A Golden Anniversary

 

This year, the WSU Foundation marks the 50th anniversary of its founding. We will share highlights of our journey in each issue of Horizon this year. If you have a memory, story or observation involving the WSU Foundation, please share it by contacting Belinda Venters, WSU Foundation director of communications, at 319-978-5624 or belinda.venters@wichita.edu.