Jay Golden named president of Wichita State University

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The Kansas Board of Regents has named the new president of Wichita State University:  Jay Golden.

WSU officials said in a news release Thursday that Golden will become the university's 14th president in January 2020. he position was vacated by President John Bardo, who died after a long illness on March 12, 2019.

The release says Golden brings a background as "a leading thinker and national leader on environmental sustainability, applied learning and economic development."

He's the current vice chancellor of Research, Economic Development and Engagement at East Carolina University. His previous faculty and administrative roles were at Arizona State and Duke.

"I’m honored to be the next President of Wichita State University," said Dr. Golden. "I want to thank the Kansas Board of Regents for its confidence in me. I look forward to continuing to grow Wichita State and help drive economic growth for our region and state. My wife, Dina, and I are looking forward to meeting the students, faculty and staff of this outstanding institution and to joining this great community."

Click here to learn more about Jay Golden.

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The Kansas Board of Regents will select the new president of Wichita State University.

The Regents, which consist of nine members, will vote on a president today. 

The announcement will be held at 2pm, in the Santa Fe Trail Room (233) of Wichita State University’s Rhatigan Student Center.

Following the announcement, a news conference will be held by Wichita's State's 14th president. 

The position was vacated by President John Bardo, who died after a long illness on March 12, 2019. He was selected as the 13th president of the university in April 2012.

The announcement will also be streamed live at https://wsu.news/president-elect.

For a list of previous Wichita State presidents, click here.

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