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Wichita State joins ‘industry partners’ supporting Brownback’s budget proposal

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Wichita State President John Bardo, responds to a question during the Startup Grind ICT event held at The Lux in the fall.

Wichita State President John Bardo, responds to a question during the Startup Grind ICT event held at The Lux in the fall.

Selena Favela

Selena Favela

Wichita State President John Bardo, responds to a question during the Startup Grind ICT event held at The Lux in the fall.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget proposal drew sharp criticism from GOP lawmakers Wednesday, but Wichita State President John Bardo was quick to show his support.

In a Facebook post from his official page, Bardo attached a document outlining Brownback’s proposed funding to Wichita State, including the Aviation Infrastructure Fund ($1.7 million) and the Aviation Research Fund ($5 million).

“Workforce and aviation research funding, included in today’s state budget proposal, are exactly the kinds of investments that Kansas needs. We join our industry partners in supporting these initiatives that will ultimately enhance our state’s global competitiveness,” Bardo said in the post. He tagged Gov. Brownback, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, Textron Aviation, Spirit Aerosystems, and the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce in the post.

2 Comments
  • Real Shocker

    Did he call Brownback Wonderful and Treasured? Watch out for sharp turns left or right!!!

    [Reply]

  • Real Shocker

    On
    May 2, 2017 I made staff at WSU and KBOR aware of another incident I witnessed
    in late Spring 2014 involving David Wright and President Bardo making offensive
    commentary regarding a female employee in the Information Technology
    department. This incident was about
    three months before Jim Pulliam was hired at WSU. As some of you may know, Jim Pulliam filed a
    lawsuit against WSU alleging retaliation for opposing racially and sexually
    inappropriate comments made by David Wright.
    The lawsuit filed by Jim Pulliam against WSU was resolved earlier in
    2017 and is believed to be subject to a confidentiality and non-disparagement
    agreement (NDA).

    On June 15, 2017 the Wichita Eagle reported that several
    WSU staff members were paid various amounts as part of separation agreements. Information regarding the Jim Pulliam lawsuit
    resolution is listed in that article.
    The article states Jim Pulliam was paid $100,000 to “forego litigation
    of the dispute” of the lawsuit he filed saying he was fired in retaliation for
    objecting to racially and sexually explicit language used by David Wright. The Eagle article is at the following web
    link: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article156439794.html

    [Reply]

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