Wichita State University

Board of Trustees

TomWintersThomas G. Winters, Chair Term: 2012-2015

Thomas is a management professional with a strong background in private sector business management and has a record of improviing community processes and building consensus.  Thomas served on the Sedgwick County Commission and served on may community boards including the Board of Directors of the Information Network of Kansas, chairman of the Regional Economic Area Partnership and past member of the Wichita Area Technical College Advisory Board.



KenHushKen Hush, Treasurer Term: 2013-2016

Ken is a retired President of Koch Carbon, LLC, which specializes in the global sourcing, marketing, supply, trading, handling and transportation of bulk commodities. Mr. Hush began his career with Koch in 1982 and has held various positions in the bulk products division. He graduated from Emporia State University in 1982 with degrees in Marketing and Business Administration. Mr. Hush currently serves or has served on the following boards or committees: Wichita State University Athletic Advisory Committee for the men's & women's tennis teams and Emporia State University - Foundation Board of Trustees, member and past Chairman.


PierreHarterPierre Harter Term: 2014-2017

Pierre is an Engineering Director at Bombardier Learjet, with responsibility for the structural certification of the Learjet 85 program.  Previously, he worked in Denver Colorado as a consultant in the aerospace industry and held various positions at Adam Aircraft Industries.  A Wichita State alumnus, Pierre received his bachelor’s degree in 1998 and his master’s degree in 2000 in Aerospace Engineering.  While at WSU, Pierre worked at the Wichita State University National Institute for Aviation Research as a graduate research assistant.  Pierre also serves on the Advisory Board for the Aerospace Engineering Department at WSU.


Cindy SchwanCynthia Schwan, Secretary Term: 2010-2016

Cindy serves on several boards including The Wichita Children's Home, Senior Services, Inc. of Wichita and Larksfield Place.  Cindy is also on the WSU College of Education Advisory Council and she is actively involved in our community.  Cindy and her husband have set up an Endowed Scholarship in the College of Education.




JPEG ImageDavid Coleal Term: 2012-2016

David is the Senior Vice President/General Manager of the Fuselage Segment for Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., with responsibility for Wichita, Oklahoma and North Carolina. His previous experiences include positions at Bombardier-Learjet, Cirrus Design Corporation, McKinsey & Company, Toyota and Catepillar.  David graduated from California State University in Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and then earned his master’s of Business Administration (MBA) in Management Science from California State University-Hayward in 1997.


engstromJ. Eric EngstromTerm: 2012-2015

 Eric is a senior attorney and partner with Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch, L.L.C.,  and a shocker alumnus, receiving his master’s degree in history at Wichita State in 1966, prior to earning his juris doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School.  Eric was a longtime counsel to the WSU Board of Trustees and the Endowment Board of Governors (now the National Advisory Council).  He now serves on the Fine Arts Advisory Board and Art Committee and is chair of Library Associates.


Vernell JacksonVernell JacksonTerm: 2012-2015

Vernell retired from Spirit Aerosystems in September 2007 after 32 years of service at Boeing/Spirit Wichita.  He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Wichita State University and a master's degree from Webster University in business management.  Vernell has served on many boards including the WSU Alumni Association, Wichita Community Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Kansas Minority Business Development Council.

JoeNortonJoe Norton Term: 2011-2017

Joe is a shareholder and director of Gilmore & Bell, P.C., one of the leading public finance law firms in the United States.  The firm has 50 attorneys practicing in the area of public finance with offices located in Wichita, Kansas City, St. Louis, MO and Lincoln, NE.  Joe received his bachelor's degree from WSU in 1973 and his J.D. (with honors) from Washburn University of Topeka in 1976, where he was a member of the Washburn Law Journal.  Joe is a member of the Kansas and American Bar Associations and the National Association of Bond Lawyers and is an associate member of the Government Finance Officers Association and City Attorney's Association of Kansas.  Joe served as chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2011 and is past president of the WSU Alumni Association and Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization (SASO).

Sheryl WohlfordSheryl Wohlford, Vice Chair Term: 2011-2017

Sheryl is the President and co-owner of Automation Plus, Inc., and past chair of the Wichita Metro Chamber.  As a community activist, Sheryl has dedicated numerous hours to many organizations.  She currently serves as the 2011-12 President of the Rotary Club of Wichita and on the boards of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Council, Young Professionals of Wichita, the Wichita Community Foundation and the Sedgwick County Zoo.  Sheryl has served on a host of university committees and boards.