William Cox hopes his support puts more dentists in Kansas communities

The fund he created will enhance educational opportunities for AEGD residents

Will Cox, center, toured the Advanced Education in General Dentistry building during a recent visit to Wichita.
Will Cox, center, toured the Advanced Education in General Dentistry building during a recent visit to Wichita. Also pictured are Natalie Olmsted, AEGD business manager, and Stephen Arnold, associate dean of the WSU College of Health Professions.

Though he doesn’t have any special connection to dentistry, William Cox has made supporting the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program a priority for a simple reason: He believes his donations are helping real people.

    “It’s a very specific program that provides very tangible results,” said Cox, ’85. “I know that Wichita and Kansas need more dentists and more better-trained dentists. My support of this facility will go a long way, and that means a lot to me.”

    It was in 2009 that Cox made an unusual decision about supporting Wichita State. Relying on records and receipts he had saved from his college days, he added up how much scholarship support and other aid he had received from Wichita State and decided to pay back that sum.

    “I wanted to give back,” he said. “I had received enough scholarships and grants where I didn’t have to pay anything for my education. So I thought, I’ll just pay all that back.”

"I don’t have to struggle as much today because of Wichita State. I received a great education there and a great foundation for life." 

- William Cox

    His initial gifts supported general scholarships and also established the AEGD Resident Professional Development Fund, which he recently named in honor of his late sister, Connie Scharff. The AEGD fund helps dental residents pay for activities and experiences that enhance their education. Cox pledged an additional $25,000 to the fund in 2013.

    “Besides direct patient care and classroom instruction, it’s important for our residents to seek additional training opportunities outside of Wichita State,” said Stephen Arnold, associate dean of the WSU College of Health Professions. “This fund enables them to take advantage of those opportunities.”

    Cox also has pledged a planned gift. He said he likes knowing that his gifts to AEGD are supporting a specific need.

    “I know what I give will make a difference,” he said. “I know exactly what I’m donating to and I believe in the mission of this facility. I hope it’s viewed as a community resource, something that is contributing to the overall wellbeing of the community.”

    He has great fondness for Wichita State and even greater appreciation for the education and experiences he had while a student.

    “I do think it’s one of the best things that ever happened to me,” he said. “I don’t have to struggle as much today because of Wichita State. I received a great education there and a great foundation for life.”

    Cox graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international studies, a customized major with emphasis in Latin American affairs, Spanish and sociology. He completed his master's degree in acquisition management from American Graduate University. He currently is a procurement analyst for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Austin, Texas.

    A native of Haysville, Cox considers himself an ambassador for WSU who would be eager to play a larger role in helping to recruit students and share his own testimonial about the university.

    “I want everyone who goes to Wichita State to have the kind of experience I did. I recall the campus as an exciting place to be, full of interesting and bright people. I had one business teacher who now is a professor at MIT. I emailed her recently to tell her that I still have one of her textbooks and it’s still helpful to me today.”

 

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