Eric Sexton, the Vice President for Wichita State University vice president for student affairs, has resigned his position.

“I am proud of the service and accomplishments during my tenure as a member of the staff of this great university,” said Sexton. “It is time for me to change the trajectory of my professional life. I want to sincerely thank the countless students, faculty, staff and alumni who have helped me. I will always be a Shocker.”

Sexton received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from WSU and served for 26 years in professional roles including athletic director and executive director of governmental relations and the board of trustees.

Provost and Senior Vice President Tony Vizzini will assume operational supervision of Student Affairs while a national search is conducted for Sexton’s successor.

Sexton, a WSU graduate, worked for the university for 26 years. For many of those years he served as executive director of governmental relations. In 2008 he was appointed the university’s Athletic Director. In mid-2015, he began serving in dual roles, adding to his responsibilities vice president for student affairs.

Late last year, student leaders voiced their concerns to Pres. John Bardo, saying Sexton’s dual responsibilities left too little time for him to address the responsibilities of student affairs. In November 2015 Sexton stepped down from his role as Athletic Director and dedicated his attention full-time to Student Affairs.

“I commend him for his service and his dedication to making our institution a better place for everyone here,” Joseph Shepard, WSU Student Body President told KSN News. “I think Dr. Sexton’s legacy is going to be remembered as the best Athletic Director of all time.”

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