Welcome new NAC members for FY14

    Five new members joined the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council on July 1, 2013. They are required to attend at least one of the bi-annual meetings and make an annual contribution to the unrestricted fund. For this slate of nominees, the NAC Nominating Committee was looking for candidates who have previous experience with major capital campaigns and peer-to-peer solicitations, in addition to 100 percent loyalty for Wichita State. They also were looking for out-of-state alumni to further WSU’s reach. Members are encouraged to participate on one of the seven standing committees, which help to guide the Foundation’s business efforts such as giving, investments, marketing and recruiting.


Lynn Nichols

 Lynn Nichols

Though he did not graduate from WSU, Lynn Nichols experienced Shocker life as a student in 1976.

    Nichols is chairman and CEO of Yingling Aviation Inc., a fixed-base operation/aircraft services provider located at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport. He has a strong business history as former vice president of Rand Graphics and co-founder of Office Automation.

    His more than 25 years of giving to WSU centers around the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization (SASO), the Economic Outlook Conference and men’s basketball. Nichols has previously served on SASO’s board of directors.

    His wife, Sherry, received her Bachelor of Science in administration of justice from WSU in 1979. They reside in Andover.


Tom Kirk


Thomas "Tom" Kirk III

    Tom Kirk graduated from WSU in 1982 with a Bachelor of General Studies degree and was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.

    He is a senior vice president and family wealth director for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and has worked for them as a financial advisor since 2001. Kirk’s career in the financial services industry began in the 1980s with a local investment firm.

    His giving to Wichita State spans across academics and athletics from the Koch Global Trading Center to the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization.

    Kirk’s wife, Katherine, is a LPGA golfer and they reside in Wichita.


Tom McGuire

 W. "John" McGuire

    John McGuire has two degrees from WSU; his 1980 Bachelor of Arts in political science and his 1986 Master of Public Administration. While a student, McGuire was in the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and held a leadership position with the Student Government Association. He also was a regular participant in the Model UN program, serving as student coordinator, and twice named Outstanding Delegate at conferences. McGuire’s 1986 Juris Doctorate is from Washburn University School of Law.

    In 2012, McGuire became a partner in Bingham McCutchen. Prior to Bingham McCutchen, he was with Morgan Lewis Investment Management and Securities Industry for more than 15 years.

    In 2011, McGuire and his wife, Connie, established the W. John and Connie O. McGuire Model UN Scholarship at WSU. They also give to the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences through the WSU Foundation Annual Fund.

    The McGuires reside in Washington, D.C.


Dick Sampson



Richard "Dick" Sampson

    Dick Sampson received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wichita State in 1973. He lettered in football and was a sophomore on the team at the time of the 1970 airplane crash. Sampson has a Master of Business Administration degree from Miami University and a 1980 certified financial planner designation from the College of Financial Planning.

    Sampson is CEO of RS Core Capital LLC, a new investment firm he founded in 2012. In addition, he is general partner of Pierpoint Partner LP, a private investment company. Previously, Sampson spent six years with JPMorgan Chase & Co., from 2006 to 2012, in various investment and executive management roles.

    His giving to WSU supports the W. Frank Barton School of Business through the WSU Foundation Annual Fund.

    He and his wife, Martha, live in Denver, Colo.


 Sandra "Sandi" Heysinger

    Sandi Heysinger graduated magna cum laude from Wichita State in 1975 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. While a student at WSU she was a Neff Scholar and a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority, Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and Mortar Board.

    Heysinger retired in 2011 from ExxonMobil, where she last served as network development coordinator.

    Her giving at WSU primarily supports the W. Frank Barton School of Business.

    Heysinger’s husband, Dick Williams, is president of Shell Wind Energy, founder of The Wind Alliance. They reside in Houston, Texas.



New FY14 WSU Foundation Board of Directors Members

Clark Bastian ’75 of Wichita, Kan.
CEO, Fidelity Bank; Ulrich Museum Advisory Board member

John Morse ’72 of Sanibel, Fla.
General Counsel, LodgeWorks;
Real Estate Committee and Nominating Committee member

Mildred Edwards* ’96, ’99, ’08 of Topeka, Kan.
Executive Director, Kansas African Affairs Commission;
WSU Alumni Association Board Chair

Kent Richards ’86 of Baldwin City, Kan.
Regional Director, Travelers Insurance; Marketing/
Communications Committee Chair


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