Bobby Gandu serves as Assistant Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management and Undergraduate Admissions for Wichita State University with leadership of the Office of Admissions and strategic oversight of the Shocker Career Accelerator – Career Development Center and the Shocker Transfer Accelerator. He oversees recruitment, admission and yield strategy for the domestic undergraduate population. The ten largest freshmen classes in the university’s 127-year history have occurred during his tenure and the institution has held the distinction of Kansas’ #1 transfer destination for 12 years in a row.

He began his professional career in the WSU Alumni Association, serving as Director of Alumni and Student Programs before shifting to the Office of Admissions as an Assistant Director. He was named Director of Admissions in 2008 before being named AVP in 2019. He’s won professional awards from the Kansas Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Wichita State Foundation and Alumni Engagement, Wichita Business Journal and the Wichita Chamber of Commerce.

Bobby serves on EAB’s National Advisory Council, ACT Council for the State of Kansas and holds local board of director appointments for the Wichita Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Wichita and the United Way of the Plains.

Focus areas

Favorite hangout spot on campus

My favorite spot to hang out when I was a student was Ablah Library, our spacious four-story facility with endless study spaces and learning resources. Today, though, nothing beats the rowdy confines of Charles Koch Arena, where 10,500 screaming fans are cheering on the Shockers while booing the opposing team (and sometimes the referees, too). 

Advice for future Shockers

Challenge yourself to start conversations with people you don't know who aren't like you, join a student organization that you know a lot about, plus one you know little about that just sounds like fun, and take your college classes by storm. College is an incredible journey but it's on you to make it an amazing, entertaining and successful ride. 


Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Marketing with minors in Finance and Management, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)


Academic Interests and Expertise


  • Master of Business Administration, Wichita State University 2006
  • Bachelor of Business Administration – Summa Cum Laude, Marketing Wichita State University 2002


  • Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions
  • NASPA Mid-Level Professionals Institute
  • Leadership Wichita of the Wichita Chamber of Commerce
  • Wichita State Leadership Academy
Professional Experience

2019 – Present | Assistant Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management and Undergraduate Admissions, Wichita State University

2008 – 2019 | Director of Admissions, Wichita State University

2007 – 2008 | Interim Director of Admissions, Wichita State University

2004 – 2007 | Assistant Director of Admissions, Wichita State University

2002 – 2004 | Director of Alumni and Student Programs, WSU Alumni Association

Awards and Honors

2020 | Laura Cross Distinguished Service Award, WSU Foundation and Alumni Engagement

2020 | Gold Winner for Best Nonprofit Campaign and Best Pandemic Response Campaign, Wichita American Marketing Association

2018 | Richard N. Elkins Special Service Award, Kansas Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

2014 | Best Social Media Campaign, Wichita American Marketing Association

2011 | Distinguished Young Professional of the Year, Wichita Chamber of Commerce

2010 | Wichita 40 Under 40, Wichita Business Journal

2010 | Leadership Wichita, Wichita Chamber of Commerce

2005 | Dean’s Award for Service, Wichita State University

2002 | Senior Honor, Wichita State University

Areas of Service


Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization, Board of Directors

Kansas State ACT Council, Member & Chair

Kansas Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Member

National Association for College Admissions Counseling, Member

University Committees:

  • Strategic Enrollment Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • University Marketing and Enrollment Team
  • Enrollment Services
  • University Admissions Exceptions
  • NCAA Compliance Committee
  • Kansas Board of Regents – Review & Update of Admissions Requirements
Other Interests



  • United Way of the Plains, Board of Directors & Executive Committee
  • Leadership Wichita Board of Trustees, Education Co-Chair
  • National Association of Asian American Professional Wichita, Mentor


  • Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum, Board of Directors
  • Young Professionals of Wichita, Board of Directors and Member
  • Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, Bigs in Schools Volunteer
  • Honorary Base Commander, McConnell Air Force Base
  • Wichita American Heart Association, Board of Directors