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Wichita State joins Kansas government offices in closing Wednesday to honor Bush

George H.W. Bush dead at 94

Former US President George H.W. Bush passed away at age 94 in Houston, TX.
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Former US President George H.W. Bush passed away at age 94 in Houston, TX.

Kansas state government offices will close Wednesday in mourning of former President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday.

Wichita State University and WSU Tech will be closed on Wednesday as well, and classes will be canceled.

Gov. Jeff Colyer on Monday ordered state offices to close Dec. 5 and declared the day a legal holiday. Wednesday will be a national day of mourning of the former president.

In the resolution announcing the closure, Colyer noted that state offices had also been closed to mourn the deaths of Presidents John Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.

Colyer served as a White House fellow under Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Wichita State officials said employees who need to be at work Wednesday “to maintain university operations” should coordinate with their supervisors.

This is the final week of classes at WSU, so Wednesday normally is a day when students turn in final projects, make presentations or take exams.

“I recognize this will be a hardship for some students and instructors,” Provost Rick Muma said in a news release about the closing. “Faculty members with classes scheduled Wednesday should contact students to make it clear what needs to be done by students to complete their work for the semester.”

WSU previously observed legal holidays for Reagan in June 2004 and Ford in January 2007, but those closings happened while students were on break from classes.

Jonathan Shorman covers Kansas politics and the Legislature for The Wichita Eagle and The Kansas City Star. He’s been covering politics for six years, first in Missouri and now in Kansas. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.