Members of the Fort Hays State University community welcomed Tim D. Chapman as the new president and CEO of the Endowment Association with a news conference and reception on Monday afternoon.
Kerry McQueen, a Liberal, Kan., attorney and chair of the FHSU Endowment Association Board of Trustees, announced the selection of Chapman as the fourth person to lead the fund-raising arm of the university. "The executive committee of the Board of Trustees is of the overwhelming belief that Mr. Chapman has the experience and a vision for the association that will enhance and strengthen its ability to support and advance FHSU," McQueen said.
"The Executive Committee joins me in expressing gratitude to Ken Havner, past Board of Trustees chair, for serving as interim CEO and to the members of the search committee for their dedication to the association in this process," McQueen added. Havner is a Hays attorney and former member of the Kansas Board of Regents. In addition to Havner, the Search Committee included: Trustees Tom Thomas and Dr. John Tomlinson; FHSU Alumni Association representative Shelley Hunt; and Mike Barnett, FHSU's vice president of Administration and Finance.
Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, joined McQueen in thanking Havner and the members of the Search Committee, and he welcomed Chapman and his wife, Mona. "The Search Committee did an excellent job, and I share their confidence in Tim as the individual who can lead our already successful Endowment Association to an even brighter future," the president said.
"The FHSU Endowment Association was established in 1945," President Hammond continued. "By the year 1987, when I arrived at FHSU, its assets were $7.2 million. Today the assets are $43.5 million."
The president pointed out that during his nearly 20 years at FHSU, the Endowment Association has distributed more than $41 million to the university. "In addition to many millions of dollars in scholarships for our students, projects that have been supported in whole or in part by the Endowment Association include the renovation of Sheridan Coliseum and its Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center, creation of the new Sternberg Museum of Natural History, the renovation of Lewis Field, and construction of the $5.7-million W.R. and Yvonne Robbins Alumni & Endowment Center, which is scheduled to be completed in July 2007," the president said.
"We are tremendously excited to welcome Tim and Mona Chapman as the new Robbins Center is nearing completion," President Hammond said. "Our Endowment Association truly is entering a new era, and as the alumni and friends of FHSU enter this new 'place to call home,' they will be greeted by a new CEO who is determined to take us to the next level of stability and support for our university."
Chapman replaces Virgil Scott, who resigned earlier this year to take a similar position at the University of Northern Colorado Foundation in Greeley.
"For the past 20 years, I have been involved in the investment and development field," Chapman said during the news conference. "I've been involved with Kansas Wesleyan University, St. John's Military School and now Kansas State University. As a development professional I have traveled extensively throughout the country with some international travel. I look forward to building on the processes that are in place now at the FHSU Endowment Association."
Chapman complimented President Hammond, FHSU administrators, the Alumni Association and the Endowment Association for the tremendous job they have done at FHSU. "To join the team and be a part of their effort is a privilege and an honor," he said. "I can't wait to get started and begin building upon the relationships that are in place. We hope to better serve our constituents and friends of the university through personal contact and provide information that will better educate all who have an interest in partnering with the school."
Chapman also talked about what the move to Hays would mean for his wife. "Mona and I are extremely excited to be coming back to Hays," he said. "Mona grew up in Hays, and I spent a good part of the 1970s here, graduating from Hays High School and then attending FHSU.
"Mona has now been a secondary education teacher for the past 17 years. While in Salina, Mona was nominated and selected as the USD 305 teacher of the year while teaching junior English. She now teaches freshman English and oversees the mentoring program for all student teachers from Kansas State University who are involved with the high school. In addition to these responsibilities, Mona is now being certified as an Olweus Trainer -- a program that helps educators better understand and work with students who have had a history or who are currently being bullied by peers or others."
After attending FHSU from 1976-78, Chapman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art degree from Kansas Wesleyan University in 1999. He was director of gift planning at Kansas Wesleyan from 1988-96 and director of development at St. John's Military School from 1996-99. He was director of development for the Kansas State Foundation/College of Veterinary Medicine from 1999 to this year and has served as senior director of principal gifts at K-State since February.