Ted Ayres to retire June 30

Ted Ayres’ 19-year career at Wichita State will come to an end June 30, when Ayres will retire, a press release from the university stated Wednesday.

Ayres has been with WSU since 1996, the release said. He joined the university as general counsel and associate to the president. Ayres was promoted to vice president and general counsel for WSU in 2002.

Ayres also servers as general counsel for the WSU Foundation, the WSU Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the WSU Board of Trustees.

After his retirement, Ayres will serve part-time as chair of the “Enough is Enough” task force, initiated by President John Bardo in the fall, following a fatal attack of a woman in Fairmount Park, the press release said.

Bardo will soon take steps to initiate a search for a university attorney to allow for a transition for Ayres’ successor before he retires.

Look for a follow-up story in Monday’s Sunflower, reflecting on Ayres’ career at Wichita State.