In 1963, Senate BIll 152 would establish a local Board of Trustees to manage the University's endowment and the one and one-half mill levy and with the purpose of supporting the educational undertakings of Wichita State University. The bill passed. This is the same year that the Municipal University of Wichita came into the state system and became Wichita State University.
The Wichita State Board of Trustees consists of nine members who are all residents of the state of Kansas and all of whom shall be appointed by the governor. Members are appointed for terms of three years and remain until their successors have been appointed. Members shall be appointed to fill vacancies caused by death or resignation and shall hold office for the remainder of the unexpired terms.
Vernell Jackson - Retired from Spirit Aerospace in September 2007 after 32 years of service at Boeing/Spirit Wichita. He received a Bachelor's Degree from Wichita State University (major Psychology) and a Master's degree from Webster University (major Business Management). He has served on many boards including the Wichita State Alumni Association, the Wichita Community Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Kansas Minority Business Development Council.
Tony Madrigal - He is President of Madrigal & Associates, Inc., an independent commercial insurance firm. Since 2001, he has been involved with the Foundation's National Advisory Council at WSU. Madrigal was also the Student Athletic Scholarship Organization (SASO) President from 2002 to 2003. Tony is a long time community advocate and leader.
Jane McHugh (Treasurer) - Jane retired as a partner in BKD LLP in May 2008. She is currently providing tax and planning service for a private individual. Jane's professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA). She is a past president of the Petroleum Accountants Society of Kansas and Wichita Estate Planning Council. Jane serves on the Planned Giving Council and the National Advisory Council for WSU Foundation. In July 2005, she was a member of the Capital Campaign Committee for the "We Are Wichita State" scholarship campaign. In 2003, she was selected as one of the initial recipients of the Women in Business award by the Wichita Business Journal. Jane also serves on the board of Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Joe Norton - Joe is a shareholder and director of Gilmore & Bell, P.C., one of the leading public finance law firms in the United States. The firm has 50 attorneys practicing in the area of public finance with offices located in Wichita, Kansas, Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri and Lincoln, Nebraska. Mr. Norton received his B.A. degree from Wichita State University in 1973 and his J.D. (with honors) from Washburn University of Topeka in 1976, where he was a member of the Washburn Law Journal. Mr. Norton is a member of the Kansas and American Bar Associations and the National Association of Bond Lawyers and is an accociate member of the Government Finance Officers Association and City Attorney's Association of Kansas. Joe served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2011 and is past president of the WSU Alumni Association and Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization.
Cynthia Schwan (Secretary) - Cindy serves on several boards including The Wichita Children's Home, Senior Services, Inc. of Wichita and Larkfield Place. Cindy is also on the College of Education Advisory Council and she is actively involved in our community. Cindy and her husband have set up an Endowed Scholarship in the College of Education.
Denny Senseney (Vice Chair) - Denny served as president of the National Association of School Music Dealers and the Retail Print Music Dealers Association and as a board member of NAMM (The International Music Products Industry Association), the Kansas Music Educators Association, the Midwest Clinic, and as Chair of NAMM's Music Education and Public Policy Committee. He currently serves on the boards of the United Way of the Plains, the Wichita Community Children's Choir, and the grant selection committee of the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation.
Tom Winters (Chair) - Management professional with a strong background in private sector business management and has a record of improviing community processes and building consensus. Tom served on the Sedgwick County Commission and served on may community boards including: Board of Directors of Information Network of Kansas, Chairman of the Regional Economic Area Partnership and past member of the Wichita Area Technical College Advisory Board.
Sheryl Wohlford - Is the President and co-owner of Automation Plus, Inc., past Chair of the Wichita Metro Chamber. As a community activist, Sheryl has dedicated numerous hours to many organizations. She currently serves as the 2011-12 President of the Rotary Club of Wichita and on the boards of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Council, Young Professionals of Wichita, the Wichita Community Foundation and the Sedgwick County Zoo. Sheryl has served on a host of university committees and boards.