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Three Wichitans appointed to WSU board of trustees

TOPEKA - The governor on Wednesday named three Wichitans to sit on Wichita State University’s Board of Trustees.

Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat, reappointed Tony Madrigal and appointed Vernell Jackson and Tom Winters to the board.

The board manages property and funds the university receives through donations and other means.

Our universities and colleges greatly contribute to the prosperity of Kansas," Parkinson said. "Administering the resources provided to Wichita State University is crucial to the success of the university, its students and the entire state. I am confident in the board's abilities and grateful for their dedication."

Jackson is senior vice president of Administration for Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. He graduated cum laude from WSU with a bachelor's degree and holds a master's degree in business management. Jackson is active in the Wichita community as a member of the YMCA Wichita Black Achievers Program and serves on the boards of directors for Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Wichita Community Foundation.

Winters is a former Sedgwick County Commissioner and has served on several boards, including the Wichita Area Technical College Advisory Board, the Workforce Alliance Board and the Information Network of Kansas Board.