Foundation trustees reflect on change at annual meeting

ESU Foundation Board of TrusteesESU Foundation Board of Trustees, November 2010

The words of Gary Sherrer (BS ’63) reverberated through the Butcher-Boertman Room of Sauder Alumni Center in November:

“Never in the history of this university has the Foundation been more important. The ESU Foundation will have a significant and direct impact on this university,” said Sherrer, current chair of the Kansas Board of Regents.

Speaking to trustees of the Emporia State University Foundation, Sherrer challenged trustees to:

  • Increase their level of engagement in Foundation duties
  • Set and maintain a standard of excellence
  • Don’t let obstacles get in the way of goals
  • Create measurable goals for the Foundation, its trustees and staff.

Those steps are necessary, Sherrer said, in light of the decline in state dollars supporting higher education. “System-wide, tuition now pays for more of a college education’s cost than does state funding,” said Sherrer, who has carried the torch for increasing support of public support of higher education while advocating responsible use of those dollars by the colleges, universities and technical schools under the Board of Regents’ coordination.

Tim Shadoin (BS ’92), who takes over as board chairman this coming November, said the organization’s commitment to ESU has been strong and will remain vital.

“We are yet again faced with the need for change,” Shadoin said. “The landscape of our state, of our economy, and our university have again changed.  We must change with it, and continue to make the changes needed to ensure we remain the quality option for students to choose for college.” 

The meeting was the first for new trustees  Bud Burgess (BS ’64, MS ’71), Olathe; Ed Flentje (BS ’64, MS ’54), Wichita; Jim Meyer (BSE ’63, MS ’64), Sebastopol, Calif.; Beth Paladino (BS ’79), Wichita; Kim Penner (BS ’80), Andover; and Gary Tenpenny (BS ’76), Overland Park.