Presidential Search

July 28, 2022 

To the Washburn Community: 

The Washburn University Board of Regents just concluded a very productive meeting where we appointed the presidential search committee and had a very robust conversation concerning the interim president. We have additional work to do regarding the interim president position to ensure a smooth transition and plan to announce the interim president at our next meeting. 

We named the presidential search committee members, including appointing the chair. Greg Greenwood, recently retired EVP and Chief Strategy Office for Evergy, will serve as the chair of the presidential search committee. 

Representatives from WittKieffer were able to join our meeting today and be introduced to the regents. They briefly outlined how they intend to proceed with their initial steps and a timeline for the confidential search.  

We believe this is important enough to share broadly with the Topeka and Northeast Kansas community and will be sending a press release with a lot of this information. This press release is below for your reference and contains all the details of the presidential search committee members. 

Our next meeting will be August 18 at 4:00 p.m. in the Kansas Room.

We continue to work on behalf of Washburn University, and appreciate everyone’s support and interest. 

Shelly Buhler, chair 
Washburn University Board of Regents 

Information About Washburn

Washburn University is a public institution with nearly 7,000 students and 1,000 faculty and staff involved in more than 200 programs. Our programs lead to certification, associate, bachelor, master’s, doctor of nursing practice and juris doctor degrees.

Since its founding in 1865, Washburn has been providing students of all walks of life a place to realize their dreams. Today, our legacy of affordable, quality education for all continues.

All of our academic programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Applied Studies, Business, Law, and Nursing on a 160-acre traditional residential campus in the heart of Topeka, Kan.

Since 2008, the Washburn University Institute of Technology has been a key part of the Washburn family. Washburn Tech is a nationally recognized innovator in career and technical education. The unique affiliation with Washburn University gives students the opportunity to start with technical courses and continue to advanced degrees while preparing for today’s careers.

Dedicated faculty and staff serve adult and high school students as well as business and industry participants with career-specific training

• Integrity: acting in an honest, fair, and ethical manner, creating a culture of trust evident in all University activities and decision making.

• Excellence: serving our scholarly community by delivering consistently high-quality programs, teaching, service, and scholarship.

• Accountability: ensuring academic, programmatic, and fiscal integrity and value through prudent management of resources entrusted to the University.

• Respect: embracing diversity and treating others collegially with civility, openness, and professionalism in all interactions, activities, and decision making.

• Collaboration: working toward common goals with others in the University and the community while valuing teamwork, participation, and diversity of ideas and perspectives.

• Innovation: encouraging, considering, and supporting development of ideas by fostering individual ingenuity and creativity and creating an environment with opportunities for growth and change.

• Inclusion: cultivating an inclusive learning, living, and working community, facility the success of all people, and supporting all individuals.

Enrollment: 6,987 (fall 2020) including the students at Washburn Tech.

Classes: 60 percent of undergraduate classes have fewer than 20 students.
Undergraduate student/faculty ratio: 22:1

Faculty: 71 percent of full-time faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree in their disciplines

Graduates: Nearly 1,500 degrees and certificates are awarded annually.

Financial aid: More than $55 million in financial aid is available to students annually with more than $10 million in scholarships awarded from university resources.

Endowment funding: The Washburn University Foundation, with assets of nearly $200 million as of June 30, 2020, made more than $15 million available to the university this past fiscal year for scholarships, faculty and program support, and campus improvements.

Internships: Each year, approximately 1,000 students participate in internship opportunities at more than 125 sites in northeast Kansas.

Athletics: Sixteen athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division II level in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Conference. WU sports are baseball, basketball (men and women), cross country (men and women), football, golf, soccer (women), softball, tennis (men and women), indoor and outdoor track & field (men and women), and volleyball.

Alumni: The University boasts more than 45,000 alumni. WU alumni are found in every county in Kansas and in every state.

Funding: Washburn is a publicly funded, independently governed, state coordinated university. The school was established in 1865 as Lincoln College by a charter issued by the State of Kansas and the General Association of Congregational Ministers and Churches of Kansas. In 1941, the citizens of Topeka endorsed Washburn by voting to establish a municipal university, supported in part by the city and governed by a local board of regents. In 1999, the university’s primary funding was moved from city property tax to county sales tax sources, with the school retaining status as a municipal subdivision of the state. In addition to local financial support, Washburn has received state funds since 1961, which have been coordinated by the Kansas Board of Regents since 1991. Washburn is governed by its own nine-member Board of Regents.

University funding sources: The university is funded by local sales tax, a state operating grant and student tuition.

Mascot: Mr. Ichabod. Washburn’s mascot honors the school’s early benefactor, Ichabod Washburn, a 19th century Massachusetts industrialist. The original design of the studious-looking, tuxedo-clad figure was created in 1938 by Bradbury Thompson (ba ‘34), who became an internationally acclaimed graphic artist.

On campus: Enhancements to campus in the past decade include the construction of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science building, the construction of Lincoln Hall – a 350 bed residence hall with attached dining facility, the addition of an indoor practice facility which includes the only banked indoor track in Division II, the renovation of Stoffer Science Hall and Whiting Field House, and the construction of a Student Recreation & Wellness Center, an art building and Washburn Village, a 192-bed apartment-style housing complex. In addition, a new building for the Law School is currently under construction on the Southeast corner of the campus.

The Mulvane Art Museum is the oldest accredited art museum west of the Mississippi River. The museum’s permanent collection, though international in scope, emphasizes the work of artists of Kansas and the Midwest.
Washburn is home to KTWU, the first public television station in Kansas.
Washburn’s influence in the community extends beyond the classroom. Hundreds of children come to campus each summer as participants in sports camps, while others explore their creativity at the ArtLab and other programs offered by the Mulvane Art Museum.

The campus is a center for cultural, sporting and educational activities. Annual events include the Sunflower Music Festival, the Mulvane Mountain/Plains Art Festival, the Silent Film Festival and events at the Andrew J. and Georgia Neese Gray Theatre.

The search for the next president of Washburn University

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