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The Kansas Board of Regents voted unanimously Thursday for Jay Golden to become the new president of Wichita State University.

Golden is currently the vice chancellor of research, economic development and engagement at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He's also worked at Arizona State University and Duke University. He has a doctorate in engineering from the University of Cambridge.

Outside of academia, Golden started an engineering services company in Arizona. He also served as a police officer and hazardous materials specialist in Arizona.

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The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday announced a search committee for the next president of Wichita State University.

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Wichita State University held a "celebration of life" Thursday for former President John Bardo.

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Wichita State University President John Bardo, who transformed the school with the development of the Innovation Campus, has died.

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Wichita State University has a new acting president.

The university's provost, Rick Muma, will serve as president while current president John Bardo continues to recover from two surgeries. Bardo was hospitalized in November due to a chronic lung condition.

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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."

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Students living at Wichita State University will have another year of crowded dorm rooms.

The university is converting some single-person rooms into doubles and some doubles into triples as a way to provide more beds for students interested in living on campus.

Last summer, several students were notified that they would be getting an extra roommate. WSU says that’s because more students from outside the Wichita area enrolled and needed housing.

And while a new apartment complex, The Flats, opened on campus last year, the Fairmount Towers residence hall closed.

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Wichita State University President John Bardo was on Capitol Hill Monday morning advocating for further federal investment in STEM higher education.

Speaking before Congress' Research and Technology subcommittee, Bardo highlighted WSU's Innovation Campus and its focus on research and development aimed at the region's needs. WSU's apprenticeship program was also emphasized.

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The student government association at WSU passed a vote of "no confidence" as part of a resolution concerning Wichita State University President John Bardo this week.

In the resolution, which passed by an overwhelming majority, the student government association said President Bardo and his administration "have failed to adhere to shared governance of the institution with appropriate student representation."

The vote of no confidence also extends to WSU's Provost and Senior Vice President Tony Vizzini.

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The fourth Regional Mayors Summit will be held in Derby on Wednesday. As KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports, mayors from a 10-county region are expected to share ideas about how to stimulate the economy in south-central Kansas.

Mayors from Wichita, Derby, Mount Hope and Goddard are coordinating the summit, which is expected to attract close to 30 mayors from across south-central Kansas.

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