Ted Mason ’82 believes the progression of Wichita relies on the success of WSU

Ted Mason and Belle
Ted Mason with his late-friend, Belle, in front of the former WSU hangout, The Cedar. Mason has been giving back to his alma mater since 1987. He earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies from WSU in 1982 and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 1986, but his heart belongs to WSU.

Ted Mason understands the importance of maintenance and improvement, as well as education. As a dentist who provides a broad range of services, including cosmetic dentistry, the mission of Mason and his staff is to ensure patients are well informed, understand how best to maintain and improve their health and, more importantly, understand future benefits. Mason employs this same vision with regards to his alma mater, Wichita State University. He has been giving back to the university since 1987.

“I had a great experience at WSU and want to see it continue to grow and flourish,” said Mason. “In order to see this happen, you have to give back.”

A cum laude graduate of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Mason earned his bachelor’s degree in general studies in 1982. In 1986, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, and was the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award from the Academy of General Dentistry. But his heart has always belonged to WSU.

“Wichita State is an important part of our local society; it is intrinsic to the flow and personality of Wichita. As WSU progresses, so does the community of Wichita. Together, we all move forward.”

Men’s basketball season ticketholder and supporter of Shocker athletics, as well as the dental hygiene clinical faculty fund, Mason consistently contributes each year through the WSU Foundation Annual Fund for Excellence in support of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He considers himself lucky to have had parents who were able to assist with tuition, recognizing most students have to work in order to pay for classes, and will always be grateful to his parents for their willingness.

Essential to his vision of ensuring a better future, Mason has volunteered his services for the past 12 years to the Kansas Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicap and his 22 years of providing school exams during Dental Health Month earned him the Good Apple Award from USD 259. In 2010, he received the Dentist of the Year award from the Wichita District Dental Society.

“Today we are constantly being pulled from every direction and asked to give to our churches, schools and local and national charitable organizations,” Mason said. “I believe we should focus on giving that is useful and productive, and will benefit our community as a whole.”

Mason remains focused on seeing WSU progress, believing if he gives back to Wichita State then good things will follow.

“For what it costs to go out for a nice dinner, a dinner you won’t remember a year from now, maybe not a month from now, you can support a student or department at WSU. Which makes more sense?”

For information about the Annual Fund for Excellence, contact Krista Voth, WSU Foundation director of annual fund, at (316) 978-3819 or krista.voth@wichita.edu.

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