I met Wichita State University president John Bardo for the first time last week, as we sat down for an interview on the “Issues 2013” program. Bardo has been the head man at W-S-U for just over a year, having taught there earlier in his career.
Some state lawmakers have criticized university administration and faculty pay at Kansas schools, but Bardo doesn’t apologize. He tells me it takes good pay to hire and retain good educators, and he won’t settle for less at Wichita State.
Bardo says W-S-U is in competition with all the universities in the state to attract students. He promises to be aggressive in going after the best and the brightest, reaching to the high school sophomore level to begin touting the Shocker story.
Bardo shared some exciting news about research at the university and plans for the future. The interview is available as a podcast on our web page.
I found John Bardo to be articulate and passionate about Wichita State University.
I think he’ll be good for the school.
Our thought for today is from Pearl Buck:
“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”