New bridge name promises to embrace Barton School’s commitment to Wichita


The marquee exterior fixture of the W. Frank Barton School of Business’ new home, Wayne and Kay Woolsey Hall, has been officially named the Promise Bridge. The 300-foot-long pedestrian bridge will span over a water feature south of the building.

“The Promise Bridge is a literal and symbolic connection between Wichita State University’s main campus and our Innovation Campus. It’s a physical manifestation of the promise we make to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners,” said Dr. Larisa Genin, dean of the Barton School of Business.

The Promise Bridge’s intentional Y-shape is not only beautiful architectural characteristic, but it is a representation of the business school’s and Wichita State’s commitment to academics, research, and industry.

Construction of the Promise Bridge is slated to begin in August and is supported by private funds through the WSU Foundation. Genin hopes its sleek features — which include an observation deck — will make the bridge a destination for not just the campus community but for all Wichitans.

“The Promise Bridge is sure to be a destination and gathering place for our campus community, but also to the greater Wichita community,” said Dr. Rick Muma, president of Wichita State University. “And it’s location between the Innovation and main campus will serve to strengthen our current partnerships and encourage future investment in Wichita State University and its students.”

Wichita State University serves as the Kansas urban-based research university, enrolling more than 15,000 students from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. Wichita State and WSU Tech are recognized for being student centered and innovation driven.

Located in the largest city in the state with one of the highest concentrations in the United States of jobs involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Wichita State University provides uniquely distinctive and innovative pathways of applied learning, applied research and career opportunities for all of our students.

The Innovation Campus, which is a physical extension of the Wichita State University main campus, is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing research/innovation parks, encompassing over 120 acres and is home to a number of global companies and organizations.

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About the W. Frank Barton School of Business

Located in Kansas’ business hub and with significant ties to the business community, the W. Frank Barton School of Business provides extensive applied learning opportunities. With in-person and online options, Barton School undergraduate and graduate programs are tailored to transform the lives of its students. It also holds a double AACSB accreditation for business and accounting, which puts it in the top 1% of business schools worldwide. The Barton School was established as the university’s College of Business Administration and Industry in 1926 and has thousands of graduates around the world.