WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Board of Regents announced at a Thursday morning meeting that Dr. Richard (Rick) Muma will be the next president of Wichita State University.
Muma had been serving as the acting president since September 25, 2020, when WSU President Jay Golden submitted his resignation.
“It is an incredible honor to be named the 15th president of Wichita State University,” said President Muma. “My passion and love for this university spans more than 25 years, and I look forward to working with the university community to make WSU a premier urban public research university.
President Muma has more than 30 years of experience as a professor, administrator, and physician assistant in internal medicine and infectious diseases. Before assuming the Provost position in 2018, he served as the Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Strategic Enrollment Management. While at WSU he has also served as Chair and Professor in the Departments of Public Health Sciences and Physician Assistant.
Dr. Muma has also served as Chair for Saint Louis University’s Department of PA Education and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, Department of PA Studies. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, an MPH in Community Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, and a PhD in higher education administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
President Muma was selected by the board as president after a committee of students, faculty, staff and business and community leaders led a search and forwarded finalists to the Regents.
Dr. Muma said when he found out he was going to be the president of Wichita State University, he was shocked.
“I’m so glad that they thought I was that person and I told them that I will do everything I can to take this university to the next level,” he said.
Wichita State University Faculty Senate President Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn is one of many faculty members who presented Dr. Muma as a candidate to the Board of Regents.
“He has got experience through the campus in different roles that have him able to see 50 thousand feet above and all the pieces,” said Sternfeld-Dunn.
President Muma said he hopes to continue to make tuition possible for students in Wichita and keep graduates in Wichita. Mayor Brandon Whipple said he’s on board with Dr. Muma’s vision.
“My hope is to have a stronger relationship with WSU growth in the economy will go hand and hand with job training,” said Whipple.
Dr. Muma said he has several initiatives and goals for the university adding that there are no limits to future success.
“I’m very excited about the future of this university I love this university and the people associated with it. I see so many opportunities,” he said.
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran released the following statement after Dr. Richard Muma was officially selected to be the 15th President of Wichita State University:
“President Muma is a Wichita native and brings years of experience to Wichita State University. Through Robba’s work on the Kansas Board of Regents, I have had the opportunity to get to know Dr. Muma and am confident he understands the innovative mission of WSU. He recognizes that it is more than just a school – it is part of the community, and a place to foster innovation, growth and development. I look forward to working with President Muma to continue building on WSU’s success and to bring new opportunities and talent to the university.”Sen. Jerry Moran