Jim Mann's commitment is unwavering to Sexton Scholarship

The '56 WSU graduate invested another $50,000 in 2012


Jim Mann, right, and his wife, Lorraine, give ongoing financial support to the Linwood Sexton Scholarship, which Mann created in 2000 in honor of Linwood Sexton, center.

Linwood Sexton is a profound example of how one person’s actions can touch the lives of so many others.

   It was Sexton’s prowess on the WSU football field as well as his humility, compassion and demeanor that impressed businessman Jim Mann so much that he established an endowed scholarship in Sexton’s name in 2000.

    But he didn't stop there. Mann's belief in Sexton and in the power of the scholarship to improve lives has compelled him in the years since to contribute generously to the fund, growing it to the point that it provides a full ride to Wichita State for deserving recipients. Mann made a $50,000 gift last summer, bringing his investment to more than $380,000 so far.

    “I used to watch Linwood play football at Wichita State when I was a kid, and I remember being blown away,” says Mann, who earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wichita in 1956. “But it wasn’t until I got to know Linwood at various functions and meetings that I grew to realize what a wonderful human being he is.”


Linwood Sexton enjoys being involved in the lives of the recipients of the scholarship named in his honor. He's shown here with four of them, from left, Anthony Llamas, Tyler Minnis, Marcus McNeal and Hanie Baayoun.

    He and Sexton share a desire to cultivate the potential of young men and women who don’t have the financial means to attend college.

   “The enormous increases in the cost of college over the years are personally appalling to me,” Mann said. “I wanted to create something where students wouldn’t have the burden of a huge student loan. I wanted them to graduate debt-free.”

   Sexton, who graduated from the University of Wichita in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in education, called Mann’s gifts to the scholarship fund “unbelievable.” 

"I wanted to create something where students wouldn't graduate with the burden of a huge student loan."

- Jim Mann

   "It has been a thrill over the past 10 or 12 years to participate in this process, to get to know these young men and women and help them on their paths," he said. "It's a real blessing for all of us."

   Mann, former chairman and CEO of SunGuard Data Systems, also has created a generous estate gift to support the Linwood Sexton Scholarship for generations to come. 

   Tyler Minnis, a junior majoring in marketing, said receiving the scholarship has inspired her to excel in all areas of her life. 

    “Knowing that somebody believed in me enough to pay for my college education motivates me every day to do my best during my time here at Wichita State, not only my best in classes but also for this campus and community as well,” she said.

   Among his honors at WSU, Mann was the recipient of the WSU President’s Medal Award in 2001. He is a member of the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council and the Barton School Advisory Board.



circle arrow If you would like to establish a scholarship to honor a special person and help deserving students, please contact Terre Johnson, WSU Foundation vice president for major gifts, at (316) 978-3808 or at terre.johnson@wichita.edu.

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