Michael Lamb has been working at the WSU Foundation for more than 20 years, currently serving as vice president with oversight of the planned giving, annual fund, and mid-level giving programs. He has worked in higher education for more than 29 years. During his tenure with the Foundation, Mike has had direct or supervisory responsibility for more than $11.6 million in outright gifts and $107 million in legacy gift commitments.
Mike earned his undergraduate degree in sociology from WSU and an executive masters of business administration from Friends University. In 2005, he earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential. In November 2011, Mike was recognized as the 2011 Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Greater Wichita chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2013, the Promise for the Future planned giving campaign, which was directed by Mike, was recognized with a Gold Award in the International Circle of Excellence program of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Mike holds memberships in the Wichita Estate Planning Council, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the National Association for Charitable Gift Planning. Mike speaks regularly on campus and has presented in local, regional and national settings for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Kansas Association of Community Foundation and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.
Although a native Wichitan, Mike and his wife, Susan (also a WSU graduate), have lived in Hesston for more than 27 years. The couple has two grown daughters, and four energetic grandchildren. In his spare time, Mike sings in a 250-member male chorus and enjoys running, having completed three full marathons, one half marathon, and multiple 10k and 5k runs.
For Mike, fundraising is a form of match-making, facilitating connections between the passions of donors and the opportunities of the university.