Wichita State University names East Carolina administrator as next president

WICHITA — A vice chancellor at East Carolina University experienced in building research campuses will become the new president of Wichita State University.

The Kansas Board of Regents announced Thursday that Jay Golden will assume the job in January. He replaces John Bardo, who led the university from 2012 until his death in March.

His responsibilities at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, included developing public-private partnerships. He also was an engineering professor there.

Golden says Wichita State can be the next great public research university. That includes, he says, developing business and entrepreneurial approaches that make a Wichita State university degree “more accessible, more affordable and more valuable for all students and all Kansans.”

The university touted his experience in environmental sustainability, applied learning and economic development.


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