Mary taken for the magazine article

Mary Herrin: Wichita State University leader, alumna and donor, and now board chair for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). She has multiple perspectives on higher education and uses them strategically in each position. Herrin graduated from WSU with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accountancy in 1972 and was a member of Mortar Board and the WSU Spirit Squad, and was a Senior Honor Woman. In 1976, she graduated with a Master of Science in accountancy. She currently serves as WSU’s vice president for administration and finance.

“A university’s most important resources are the faculty and staff members who dedicate their lives to providing this tremendous educational opportunity and physical environment for current and future Shockers. Support from donors through the WSU Foundation truly helps WSU to retain these important resources.”  

- Mary Herrin ’72, ’76, WSU vice president for administration and finance

    Herrin created an endowed scholarship in her parents’ names, the Edith and Glenn Herrin Music Scholarship, to honor their commitment to education and her own love of music. She has been a loyal donor to WSU, not missing a year since before 1981 with multiple annual gifts to campus areas from business to baseball, but her primary support is to the music scholarship and the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization (SASO). Herrin is a WSU Foundation Society of 1895 member and is a President’s Club Life Member.

    “Supporting the WSU Foundation presents me with the opportunity to give something back to the university that helped prepare me for the future,” said Herrin, “as well as honoring my family and other individuals who contributed to making my college experience a reality.”

    Honored with the President’s Service Award and the Alumni Recognition Award, Herrin also has received the Bender of Twigs designation for more than 25 years of service to WSU. She serves on the SASO Board of Directors, as treasurer of the WSU Intercollegiate Athletic Association Board of Directors, as vice president and treasurer of the WSU Union Corporation and on the board of Music Associates.

    “From another perspective, serving as an employee at a higher educational institution provides you with a realistic view of the resources it takes to operate a campus,” Herrin said. “State support and tuition provide just a portion of the funding needed to support a university’s budget. This makes contributions to the WSU Foundation for support of students, faculty, staff and the campus itself a vital component of the funding package.”

    Herrin was recently featured in the Business Officer magazine published by NACUBO, which represents chief business and financial officers from more than 2,500 colleges, universities and higher education service providers across the country and around the world.

Velma Wallace

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