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July 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Eagle: Sociology Alum Expands Business Ties as Wichita State President

“Wichita State President John Bardo is making change happen,” according to a Wichita Eagle story on June 29. An Ohio University alum, John Bardo ’71M has been president of Wichita State for a year, and he’s working quickly toward a new business and technology park. He earned a master’s in Sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences.

As soon as Bardo arrived in Wichita last summer, he took to a local speaking circuit in which he articulated his plans for working with businesses to create visible results on campus and in the community.

“I was blown away,” said Tom Dondlinger of Dondlinger & Sons, the contractor building the new student housing at WSU. “John’s vision for the future of Wichita State University and how it affects our community is just – I think he’s right on,” Dondlinger said. “That seems to be a big priority.”

He points to how little time Bardo has been here and how the new housing is already under way.

“John has the leadership ability to make things happen, and he’s already done it.”

The $65 million housing development includes a 784-bed residence hall in 300,000 square feet and a dining center for about 450 in 25,000 square feet.

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