Dr. Bardo

John W. Bardo
President, Wichita State University

John William Bardo was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1948. He grew up in that area and graduated from Oak Hills High School in 1966. After high school, John attended the University of Cincinnati where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics (1970). He also studied economics and social policy at the University of Southampton, England, during his junior year. After graduating from Cincinnati, John received a master’s degree in sociology from Ohio University (1971) and a Ph.D. in sociology (1973) from the Ohio State University. He also attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard in 1987.

John’s first academic appointment upon completing graduate school was at Wichita State University as an assistant professor of sociology. He also worked and taught in the Hugo Wall Center for Urban Studies. During his time at WSU, he also obtained a Fulbright to Australia where he and his wife Deborah studied Americans as migrants and had a sabbatical appointment at the University of Wales at Swansea in social policy.

After leaving WSU, John held a variety of appointments at Southwest Texas State University, the University of North Florida, Bridgewater State College, and Western Carolina University. At Western Carolina, John served as chancellor from 1995 to 2011 after which he rejoined the faculty.

John’s academic interests involve the relationships between higher education, the economy and quality of life. He speaks regularly on issues associated with the New Economy and building competitiveness. When not working, John enjoys international travel and working with stained glass.

John first met his wife Deborah in Neff Hall on the WSU campus and they married in 1975. They have one son, Christopher who lives in Cary, North Carolina where he is studying biology and chemistry at North Carolina Central University.

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Ted D. Ayres, Vice President and General Counsel
Wichita State University

Ted D. Ayres earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Central Missouri State College in 1969 and his juris doctorate degree in 1972 from the University of Missouri.

In May 1996, Mr. Ayres joined Wichita State University as general counsel and associate to the president. In July 2002, he was promoted to vice president and general counsel. He also serves as general counsel to the WSU Foundation, the WSU Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Inc. and the WSU Board of Trustees.

He and his wife, Marcia, have three sons.

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Anthony J. Vizzini, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Wichita State University

Dr. Anthony J. Vizzini received his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1986 from MIT and joined the faculty at the University of Maryland. In January of 1987 he was appointed as the founding director of the Composites Research Laboratory and was responsible for the composites program within the A. James Clark School of Engineering. He has led sponsored research projects such as delamination prevention through structural tailoring techniques; short duration, high temperature effects of composites; crushing mechanisms of composites; and damage tolerance of composite sandwich panels.

In August 2003, he became Professor and Department Head of the Aerospace Engineering Department at Mississippi State University and in 2005 became the inaugural holder of the Bill and Carolyn Cobb Chair within the Bagley College of Engineering. He became the Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Western Michigan University in 2009 and then the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wichita State University in 2013.

Dr. Vizzini is the author of over 100 articles and has been involved in the design and manufacture of composite structures for space applications and uninhabited air vehicles. He is a registered engineer in the states of Mississippi, Michigan and Kansas. He is a past president of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Processing Engineering (SAMPE), a past president of the American Society for Composites, an ABET program evaluator, an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a Fellow of the American Society for Composites.

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Wade A. Robinson, Vice President for Campus Life and University Relations
Wichita State University

Prior to his arrival at Wichita State in July 2009, Wade A. Robinson served as associate vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Dr. Robinson received his Bachelor of Science in fitness and leisure management from the College of Education at Kearney State College in 1989; his master's in educational administration at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1992; and his doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1995.

As vice president for Campus Life and University Relations at Wichita State University, he oversees student life, enrollment services, Rhatigan Student Center, TRIO/GEARUP programs and university relations. The position also continues as the university's liaison to the Alumni Association.

He and his wife, Vicki, have three children.

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Mary L. Herrin, Vice President for Administration and Finance
Wichita State University

Mary L. Herrin, CPA, was named WSU's vice president for administration and finance in January 2008, replacing Roger D. Lowe, who retired.

Ms. Herrin received bachelor's and master's degrees from Wichita State University and was awarded a Kansas Certificate of Certified Public Accountant in 1979. She joined WSU in 1973 as an administrative assistant and served as associate vice president for administration and finance/director of budgets before being named to her current post.

She is secretary of the board of directors of the Central Association of College and University Business Officers and a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. She also serves on the 2008 YWCA board of directors as vice president of finance and is a member of Mortar Board and Soroptimist International of Wichita.

She was honored in 2003 with the President's Service Award, and in 2005 with the Wichita State University Alumni Association's Staff Recognition Award.

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John Tomblin, Executive Director, National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and Interim Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer
Wichita State University

As NIAR executive director, John Tomblin oversees 15 laboratories in four locations encompassing 350,000 square feet, 350 employees and a yearly budget of more than $45 million. Under his leadership, NIAR has gained worldwide recognition in the area of composites and advanced materials; greatly expanded its capabilities and footprint; and more than doubled its yearly funding.

Tomblin also serves as director of NIAR’s Composites and Advanced Materials Lab, Mechanical Test Labs, Center of Excellence for Composites and Advanced Materials (CECAM) and National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP). He serves as administrator of the Composite Materials Handbook 17 (CMH-17) working group meetings and co-chair of the CMHG-17 data review working group. CECAM, NCAMP and CMH-17 are FAA-sponsored research programs revolutionizing the use of composites and advanced materials in the aviation industry.

Prior to becoming executive director, Tomblin served as NIAR’s director of research and development and as an associate professor for WSU’s College of Engineering from 2000-2004 and as an assistant professor of aerospace engineering for WSU from 1994-2000.

Additional honors achieved by Tomblin include Composite Materials Handbook Distinguished Service Award; Military Handbook 17 Appreciation; NASA Group Achievement Award (AGATE); NASA Turning Goals into Reality Award (AGATE); NASA AGATE Leadership award; AGATE Alliance Association Award; Dwayne and Velma Wallace Outstanding Educator Award for Excellence in Research; Wichita Business Journal 2012 Newsmaker; Ingram’s 2013 50 Kansans You Should Know; Wichita Business Journal 40 under 40.

Tomblin received his Ph.D., master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V.

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Eric L. Sexton, Director, Intercollegiate Athletics
Wichita State University

Eric L. Sexton was appointed as director of athletics in April 2008. A 1987 graduate and former student-athlete at Wichita State University, Sexton previously served the university as executive director for government relations and board of trustees.

He received both his Bachelor of Business Administration in management and Master of Public Administration from Wichita State University, and his doctorate in political science from the University of Kansas.

During his tenure, he has received numerous awards, including the Wichita Business Journal 40 under 40 award; the National Security Forum of the U.S. Department of Defense; Leadership Wichita; and the University of Kansas Black Faculty and Staff Council President's Scholar. In summer 2002, President George W. Bush named him to the Presidential Commission for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Andrew Schlapp, Executive Director of Government Relations and Board of Trustees
Wichita State University

Andrew Schlapp joined Wichita State University in June of 2008, as the Executive Director of Government Relations and the Board of Trustees. This position gives him sole responsibility to develop and administer government relations strategies for the university in consultation with university executives. His responsibilities include tracking legislation and policy issues at the federal, state, and local levels that impact the university's governance and finances as well as working with departments to facilitate and coordinate appearances by government officials on campus. In addition to his government relations responsibilities, he serves as Executive Director of the WSU Board of Trustees.

Schlapp graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor's in business administration and received a master's in public administration from Wichita State University.

Mr. Schlapp is currently a member of the Governor's military council and on the executive board of the Sedgwick County developmental disability organization.

Andy and his wife, Jane, have three children.

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Pat Campbell, President's Executive Assistant
Wichita State University

Pat Campbell has been with Wichita State University since 1989. She began her employment with WSU as a secretary to the Department of Computer Science, followed by a seven year tenure with the Alumni Association as event coordinator for local, state and national chapters as well as university professional societies. Campbell then took a position with the President's Office as administrative assistant to the Senior Vice President and upon his retirement accepted an assignment as administrative assistant to the Vice President and General Counsel. Campbell now serves as the Executive Assistant to the President of the university. Throughout her years in the President's Office she has also served as assistant to the university's First Lady.

Prior to coming to WSU, Campbell worked as a branch office administrator for a financial investment firm and as a realtor in southwestern Kansas where she and her husband also farmed.

Campbell is a member of the Wichita State University Alumni Association, Council of University Women, National Association for President's Assistants in Higher Education and Executive Women International. She was the recipient of the Alumni Association's Laura Cross Distinguished Service Award for 2009.

Pat and her husband Mickey have a son and a daughter and three granddaughters.