HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University's Endowment Association recently elected three new members to the Board of Trustees: Dr. Eugene Fleharty, Jeff Peier and John Tacha.
The Endowment Association is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support and promote education at FHSU. Gifts donated to the association, and income generated from those gifts, are used for scholarships, loans, departmental programs, faculty development and overall enrichment of the university.
Fleharty was a professor at FHSU for 36 years before his retirement in 1999. Fleharty was chair of the Department of Biology for 11 years and was honored with many awards, including the President's Distinguished Scholar Award and the Alumni Association Pilot Award.
Beyond teaching, Fleharty's family provided funding for the mammoth exhibit and the Fleharty Range at FHSU's Sternberg Museum of Natural History.
Peier graduated from FHSU in 1980 with a bachelor of science in business with an emphasis in finance and a bachelor of arts in economics. He also received the Torch Award as the outstanding male graduate for 1980. Peier is a partner in the firm of Klenda, Mitchell, Austerman and Zuercher in Wichita.
Tacha received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from FHSU in 1963 and a master's degree from the University of Oregon in 1967. He is the owner of the Bureau of Lectures and Concerts. Tacha has served on the Lawrence School Board, the Lawrence Hospital Endowment, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Cottonwood Inc., and the Lawrence Public Schools Endowment.