Dr. JuliAnn Mazachek

President JuliAnn Mazachek

Dr. JuliAnn Mazachek is the 15th president of Washburn University. She is an accomplished leader in higher education and has spent more than 30 years at Washburn University in various leadership roles.

She served as vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Washburn from 2016 until 2022. Before her role as VPAA, she was president and CEO of the Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation for 15 years where she oversaw all aspects of fundraising, alumni and stewardship programs. Earlier in her career, she served as a tenured faculty member in accounting and as dean of the Washburn University School of Business.

Dr. Mazachek earned a bachelor's degree in engineering management with an emphasis in mechanical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology. She received a master's degree in business administration and a doctorate in accounting from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Mazachek is a dedicated community volunteer and serves on numerous boards of directors including CoreFirst Bank and Trust, Heritage Bank and the Greater Topeka Partnership. She and her husband, Keith Mazachek, Ph.D., have three adult children. Keith most recently served as coordinator of the Engineering Transfer Program and a senior lecturer of physics and astronomy in the Washburn University College of Arts and Sciences.

Video: Exciting Times at Washburn

President Mazachek talking to students

Past Presidents

  • 1869 – 1870:  Horatio Q. Butterfield
  • 1871 – 1895:  Peter McVicar
  • 1896 – 1901:  George M. Herrick
  • 1902 – 1908:  Norman Plass
  • 1908 – 1914:  Frank K. Sanders
  • 1915 – 1931:  Parley P. Womer
  • 1931 – 1941:  Philip C. King
  • 1941 – 1942:  Arthur G. Sellen (Acting)
  • 1942 – 1961:  Bryan S. Stoffer
  • 1961 – 1965:  Harold E. Sponberg
  • 1965 – 1980:  John W. Henderson
  • 1981 – 1988:  John L. Green
  • 1988:             John M. Duggan
  • 1988 – 1990:  Robert L. Burns (Interim)
  • 1990 – 1997:  Hugh L. Thompson
  • 1997 -  2022:  Jerry B. Farley

Contact Dr. Mazachek

President Mazachek looks forward to hearing from students, alumni and community members. Contact her at presidentoffice@washburn.edu.

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