FHSU Foundation names members to Board of Trustees

The Fort Hays State University Foundation recently named two new alumni to its Board of Trustees, Dr. Gary Fredrickson, Oberlin, and Kent Needham, Tonganoxie.

The FHSU Foundation raises and invests all funds on behalf of the university and recently launched a three-year $60 million fundraising effort for FHSU called the Cornerstone Campaign.

"We are thrilled to have Gary and Kent join our team as a member of the Board of Trustees," said Tim Chapman, president and CEO of the Foundation. "The mission of the Foundation is more important than ever as state funding continues to decline. These individuals' enthusiasm for FHSU will help us in many ways throughout the state and region as we strive to meet our goal of raising $60 million in the Cornerstone Campaign."

Fredrickson is a dentist and the owner of Family Dentistry in Oberlin and the Smith Center Dental Clinic in Smith Center. Needham is the president and CEO of First Security Bank in Overbrook.

Fredrickson graduated from FHSU in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in general science before attending dental school. He opened his practice in Oberlin in 1982 and took over the Smith Center practice last year on a part-time basis from a retiring dentist.

Needham graduated from FHSU in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and earned a master's in business administration from Wichita State University in 1976. He served as chairman of the Kansas Banker's Association from 2004-2005 and currently serves on the Administrative Committee of America's Community Bankers Council of the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C.

The Board of Trustees helps govern the policies, procedures and investment strategies of the Foundation.

The FHSU Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation designated by the state of Kansas to receive gifts on behalf of Fort Hays State University. The corporation qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information, visit www.fhsu.edu/foundation.

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