Meet Bryan Hanning ’80 — member of the Promise for the Future campaign cabinet

Since the launch of the Promise for the Future campaign, we have been publishing the thoughts of our cabinet members regarding planned giving, WSU and their personal philanthropic philosophies. Featured have been Julie Scherz ’69, ’71, ’89, Phil Neff ’64, Justus Fugate ’60, ’62, Anita Jones ’53, Tony Durano ’85, Roger Lowe and now Bryan Hanning ’80. Please continue reading future issues of Horizon to meet more members.

To learn about the campaign, co-chaired by Cindy ’77, ’85 and Barry Schwan, read the cover story of the 2010 Summer Horizon on the WSU Foundation’s website.

"The people I've met through my association with the school
and the community, along with the education I received,
has been huge to me for my career and my family."

Bryan Hanning
Photo by David Dinell

Bryan Hanning ’80, vice president of Insight Wealth Strategies LLC and member of the Promise for the Future campaign cabinet and WSU Foundation Planned Giving Council

What motivated you to include a gift to WSU in your estate plans?
I met my wife, Cindy, at WSU in 1977 and we both have fond memories of our time there.  Being a part of the Planned Giving Council gave me added insight as to the value of a planned gift. 

Why should WSU alumni and friends consider including a gift to the university in their estate plans?
There are many reasons to give to WSU through estate planning. First of all, it is an easy way to give. Additionally, it's a way to give back to the very institution that gave them or someone they know a great education, they will meet a lot of great people and it is important to the life of our community.

What do you believe about the future of WSU?
When I think of the future, I think of leadership. I believe that the leadership at WSU is proactive in positioning the university to do great things. WSU is an important fixture to the community of Wichita and will be a catalyst to great things for this city in cultural and economical aspects. 

Why did you use your respective planning instrument to make your gift?
Once we went through our planning goals for ourselves and our family, it was easy to see how committing just a portion of our estate through our trust made good sense. The planning documents were easy to implement. 

How will WSU benefit from your gift? 
A large part of my career after college has been in the area of assisting family-owned businesses in good, comprehensive planning to help with transitioning their businesses to next-generation family or others. We are original founders of the Kansas Family Business Forum sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship, so we decided that we would make a planned gift to help fund efforts for growing the forum and other future endeavors the center develops to aid family businesses. Family businesses are the backbone of the American economy, so this is a very worthwhile philanthropy and one that WSU is well-positioned in on a national level. 

Join Hanning to help promise a future for our Shockers by contacting Mike Lamb, WSU Foundation vice president for planned and annual giving, at (316) 978-3804 or

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