John William Bardo Biography

John William Bardo became the thirteenth president of Wichita State University on July 1, 2012. Most recently, Bardo served as chancellor of Western Carolina University.

Bardo earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati. He earned his master’s degree in sociology from Ohio University and his doctorate in sociology from Ohio State University.  He also attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard.

Bardo’s first academic appointment was at Wichita State University as an assistant professor of sociology.  He also worked and taught in the Hugo Wall Center for Urban Studies.  During his time at WSU, he also obtained a Fulbright to Australia where he studied Americans as migrants and had a sabbatical appointment at the University of Wales at Swansea in social policy.

After leaving WSU, Bardo held a variety of appointments at Southwest Texas State University, the University of North Florida, Bridgewater State College, and Western Carolina University.  At Western Carolina, Bardo served as chancellor from 1995 to 2011 after which he rejoined the faculty.

Bardo’s academic interests involve the relationships between higher education, the economy and quality of life.  He speaks regularly on issues associated with the New Economy and building competitiveness.

John first met his wife Deborah in Neff Hall on the WSU campus and they married in 1975.  They have one son, Christopher who lives in Cary, North Carolina where he is studying biology and chemistry at North Carolina Central University.