Shane Shivley Picked to Lead Foundation

February 9, 2016

The next leader of the Emporia State University Foundation brings with him 20 years as a key member of Hornet Nation, first with Intercollegiate Athletics and later the Foundation.

Shane Shivley today was named president/CEO of the ESU Foundation and Emporia State vice president for advancement, effective March 1. The announcement was made jointly by Stephen Williams, chair of the foundation board of trustees, and Allison D. Garrett, president of Emporia State University.

“Shane has played an important role in Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University, which is our largest comprehensive campaign in university history,” Williams said. “During the campaign, Shivley has cultivated, asked, and stewarded numerous six-figure endowed gifts establishing academic and athletic scholarships.”

Under Shivley’s leadership, the foundation and university recently cultivated and received $375,000 in scholarship support from the City of Emporia and Lyon County. Shivley has also raised private funds for a number of Emporia State athletics facility upgrading campaigns. The Dennis Shogren Scoreboard, a state-of-the-art video board, was unveiled for the 2015 football season. New turf was installed on the softball field at Trusler Sports Complex in spring 2015. The John Baxter Sports Medicine Center was established in fall 2014. Coming soon at Welch Stadium, new artificial turf will be installed on Jones Field, and Witten Track will be resurfaced.

“Shane came to Emporia State as a student 20 years ago and has dedicated his career to enhancing the university’s reputation and securing scholarship dollars for our students,” Garrett said. “I’m pleased that Shane will continue his good work as foundation president, a key role in interacting with donors, alumni and others.”

Garrett went on to praise the work of both Shivley and Jennifer Denton, foundation vice president for stewardship and administration and ESU associate vice president for advancement. During the search for a new president/CEO, the foundation continued operating under the joint leadership of Shivley and Denton.

“It is a privilege and honor to be selected to serve in this role with a university that has given so much to me and my family,” Shivley said. “I am proud to be included in the vision for Emporia State University’s future. We have a great leader in President Garrett, and I am excited to engage with our great faculty, staff, students, alumni and community to help to take this institution to a new level.”

Shivley lives in Emporia with his wife, Mary, and two children, Alexa and Maddox. Locally, he has been involved with the Emporia Main Street and Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau. He currently is involved with Emporia Sports & Promotions Inc., Emporia Friends of the Zoo and Rotary Club of Emporia. He is a member of Leadership Emporia Class of 2004.

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