Wichita State Names Interim President

The Kansas Board of Regents has appointed a new interim president to lead Wichita State University while it searches for a replacement for Jay Golden, who abruptly resigned last month without explanation.

Wichita State Provost Rick Muma, who has been acting president since Golden resigned, will immediately take on the job as interim president.

Muma also was named acting president when former president John Bardo was ill.

Regents chair Bill Feuerborn praised Muma’s experience and knowledge of Wichita State in a news release announcing the decision.

“His leadership as acting president on two separate occasions has been invaluable to the university,” Feuerborn said. “The Regents are grateful he is willing to continue to serve as interim president.”

Muma has more than 30 years experience as a professor, administrator, and physician assistant in internal medicine and infectious diseases.

He held several roles at the university before he was named in 2018 as the university’s provost, the school’s chief academic officer.