Sexton Named New Director of Athletics at Wichita State
Wednesday, April 09, 2008

WICHITA, Kan. -- President Don Beggs announced today the appointment of Dr. Eric L. Sexton as Athletic Director at Wichita State University, effective April 23.

A 1987 graduate and former student-athlete at WSU, Sexton is currently the Executive Director for Government Relations and Board of Trustees at WSU where he builds relationships with elected and appointed officials at the local, state, and federal levels to advance the university’s finances and to provide for the academic and research needs of the Wichita region. Under his direction, the University in 2008 achieved the distinction of being 15th in the country in directed federal appropriations for important programs at the
university.

In making this appointment, Beggs said that, “For 18 years, Eric has worked to develop positive relationships with people external to the university. He has participated in the hiring of several coaches and in 2005 served as chair of our successful NCAA certification process. He is the right person to lead the athletic department.”

In recent years, Sexton has worked closely behind the scenes with many of the University’s major donors.

“I look forward to building on these experiences to continue a commitment to excellence for Shocker athletics,”
Sexton said. “My goal is to maintain the high quality of our student-athletes—their characters and their futures, as well as their talents on and off the field—and to strengthen our already strong sports programs.”

His Master of Public Administration (1992) and Bachelor of Business Administration (1987) are both from WSU. From 1984 to 1987, he was a student-athlete and two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference honoree on the WSU golf team, and graduated with honors. He also earned a PhD in Political Science at the University of
Kansas in 2002. He is the son of Shocker football legend Linwood, and the late Delores, Sexton of rural
Halstead.

Sexton, 43, is heavily involved in the community, including board membership with various non-profit service organizations in the Wichita area during the past 18 years. In 2002, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Presidential Commission for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Currently, he serves on the boards of the Kansas Golf Foundation and the FundaMental Learning Center. In addition, from 1998-03 he served on WSU’s Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization Board of Directors.

Sexton’s honors include the Wichita Business Journal 40 under 40 award (2000), the National Security Forum of the U.S. Department of Defense (1999), Leadership Wichita (1995), and the University of Kansas Black Faculty and Staff Council President’s Scholar. This fall he will attend the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference as the nominee of McConnell AFB.

Sexton, who becomes the 17th Director of Athletics since 1939, is an avid competitor in amateur golf at the regional and national levels. He and his wife, Kathy, reside in Derby.

The details of an employment agreement are pending.