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Wichita State President John Bardo Hospitalized

Wichita State University
John Bardo, president of Wichita State University, is hospitalized with a lung condition.

Wichita State University President John Bardo is in a hospital being treated for a flare-up of a chronic lung condition.

Bardo, 70, has been in the hospital for several days. He will not attend graduation and isn't expected to return to campus until the new year. He is continuing to work with his executive team while he recovers.

"I’m in good spirits," Bardo said in an email sent to the university dean and others. "I’m looking forward to being back on campus and seeing you in the new year."

Bardo's health has been a concern for several months. In September, he started using a mobility scooter after he fractured three vertebrae. Bardo has been the president of WSU since 2012.

Stephan Bisaha, based at KMUW in Wichita, is a reporter for the Kansas News Service, a statewide collaboration between KMUW, Kansas Public Radio, KCUR and High Plains Public Radio covering health, education and politics. Follow him on Twitter @SteveBisaha.