The Kansas University Alumni Association will honor former KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway, Sue Shields Watson, and former state Sen. David Wysong for outstanding service.
The three will be presented with the Fred Ellsworth Medallion on Sept. 14 in conjunction with the fall meeting of the KU Alumni Association’s national board of directors.
Hemenway led KU from 1995 to 2009. Research expenditures increased 140 percent, and new buildings and renovations on the Lawrence, Edwards and Medical Center campuses totaled $746 million. During Hemenway’s tenure, KU Endowment completed a $653 million capital campaign, KU First. He also spearheaded independence for Kansas University Hospital and set in motion KU’s quest to receive National Cancer Institute designation.
Watson, a 1975 KU School of Education graduate, served on the alumni association’s national board of directors from 2004 to 2011, chairing the group from 2009 to 2010. She and her husband, Kurt, are co-chairs of KU Endowment’s Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas. As a leader of the association’s Wichita chapter, Watson helped build the Jayhawk Roundup into an annual fall event that draws more than 500 KU alumni, fans and friends.
Wysong, a 1972 KU graduate in journalism, leads Wysong Capital Management and the Wysong Family Foundation, which provides scholarships for KU journalism students. He represented northeast Johnson County in the Kansas Senate from 2004 until he retired in 2009. Earlier in his career, he worked in advertising, founding the firm of Wysong, Quimby and Jones. He chairs the Advancement Board, an 85-member organization of business and community leaders formed in 2005 to promote the interests of KU Medical Center, KU Hospital and KU Physicians.