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News Release

FHSU Foundation Announces a Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Have you ever heard the saying that with the good comes the bad? Well, that saying definitely holds true for Fort Hays State University these days. The good news is that Fort Hays continues to lead all Kansas Regent schools in enrollment increases (by percentage) and Kansans served. The bad news is that there’s continued decline in state funding. With that said, private support has never been more important for the future of higher education and FHSU.

The Fort Hays State University Foundation is proud to announce that they are keeping in stride with the changing times and are adding an important member to their team. The Foundation would like to introduce Jason Williby, who will be stepping in as Vice President of Institutional Advancement. He will begin his venture with FHSU’s Foundation working in the Kansas City area where he will cover areas throughout Eastern Kansas and beyond. Jason comes to the Foundation from 12 years with the American Red Cross where he most recently served as Executive Director/CEO of the Eastern Kansas Chapter. Jason is son of Juanita Williby and the late Robert Glen Williby in Oberlin, Kansas. His wife Jessica is a native of Hays and is the daughter of Duane and Phyllis Bieker.

Six years ago, Fort Hays State University launched the most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history. Thanks to your generous support, the Cornerstone Campaign raised $68,743,800, surpassing the $60 million goal. The Cornerstone Campaign ran from fall of 2006 through spring of 2012 and over that course of time 66,000 gifts were received, including more than 340 major gifts. Now that the Cornerstone Campaign has come to an end, the FHSU Foundation will focus their efforts on student scholarships and endowed funds, which are playing a larger role than ever before.  To learn more about FHSU’s Foundation please visit