WSU Presidential Inauguration

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Wichita State University is inviting the public to the inauguration of its 13th president.

John Bardo took over the job in July, replacing Donald Beggs, who stepped down after 12 years.

The ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex in Wichita.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren will administer the oath. Gov. Sam Brownback will present the presidential medallion and give inaugural remarks.

Bardo began his career at Wichita State, where he chaired the sociology and social work department from 1978 to 1983.

He later worked at the University of North Florida and Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. More recently, Bardo was chancellor of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., from 1995 to 2011. He returned to the classroom last year to teach education.