John William Bardo, Ph.D., is an American educator and the current president of Wichita State University. Previously, Bardo served as a faculty member at Western Carolina University after serving as the 10th Chancellor for 16 years.
Bardo attended the University of Cincinnati, where he graduated in 1970 with a bachelor of arts in economics. After attending Cincinnati, Bardo graduated from Ohio University with a master of arts in sociology in 1971, followed by his doctorate at the Ohio State University in 1973.
After graduating from Ohio University, Bardo worked at Wichita State University in the sociology department for five years, where he also won a Fulbright scholarship to study in Australia. In 1983, Bardo left Wichita State to become the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State). After serving at Southwest Texas State for three years, Bard served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at two different institutions – the University of North Florida from 1986 to 1990 and Bridgewater State College from 1990 to 1993.
Western Carolina University
On July 1, 1995, Bardo began his 16-year tenure as Chancellor of Western Carolina University. During his tenure, enrollment grew almost twice the number from 1996, the campus grew with new buildings, and an honors college was established. Bardo resigned in 2011 to return to teaching.
Wichita State University
In April 2012, the Kansas Board of Regents selected Bardo as Wichita State's 13th president.