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“Of course you can. This is your building.”

Lou Heldman’s response when Tom Devlin asked if he could make a couple of statements before the start of a WSU entrepreneurship forum at Devlin Hall Tuesday

Pett resigns from Wichita State University

UPDATED – Wichita State University’s director of the Center for Entrepreneurship has resigned.

Tim Pett, who was placed on administrative leave this spring, is already gone from the school, but the resignation is effective on Aug. 31.

“He is resigning, and we appreciate his service to the university,” says Cindy Claycomb, interim dean of the Barton School of Business.

Pett also has been a professor and the W. Frank Barton Distinguished Chair.

Neither Pett nor the university has commented on the reasons for his administrative leave.

Lou Heldman, who is the former interim director of WSU’s Elliott School of Communication, is the current acting director for the Center for Entrepreneurship.


Lou Heldman named acting director for Center for Entrepreneurship; Tim Pett still on administrative leave

WICHITA — It seems Lou Heldman is Wichita State University’s go-to guy for help on an interim basis.

Heldman, who has been interim director of the Elliott School of Communication, is going to be WSU’s acting director for the Center for Entrepreneurship.

Former center director Tim Pett, who also is a professor and the W. Frank Barton Distinguished Chair, was placed on administrative leave for undisclosed reasons several weeks ago.

WSU spokesman Joe Kleinsasser says Pett remains on leave.

There were indications the school was going to be starting a search for a permanent replacement for Pett, but Keith Pickus, WSU’s interim provost and a history professor, says that’s not the case.

“The center has been without a director now for a number of weeks,” he says.

“Until that situation is resolved, we aren’t making any other steps than putting somebody in charge of the center,” Pickus says. “I guarantee you there has been no decision on whether to do a search.”

He says any indications otherwise were a miscommunication.

Pickus says he can’t discuss Pett’s situation because it’s a personnel matter.

Heldman was president and publisher of The Wichita Eagle from 2002 to 2007. He then became WSU’s Distinguished Senior Fellow in Media Management and Journalism.

Cindy Claycomb, who is interim dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business, says she’s pleased Heldman was selected as acting director.

“We’re thrilled that he’s going to join us,” Claycomb says. “Lou will do a great job.”

You don’t say

“There’s very little overt drinking or drug use.”

WSU’s Lou Heldman, speaking to the Wichita Professional Communicators club, on newsrooms today

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“I’m Lou Heldman, and I’m the interim director of the Elliott School just because Les didn’t feel like doing it.”

– Heldman’s remark when he spoke at popular WSU journalism professor Les Anderson’s roast Thursday evening

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“Koch, which has always been a very quiet company in Wichita, is getting a lot of unwelcome attention nationally, and that was the reason we scheduled the session, and it’s now also the reason they . . . decided to cancel.”

WSU’s Lou Heldman on how Koch Industries communications director Melissa Cohlmia, citing security concerns, canceled an on-campus appearance to discuss crisis communications Thursday (Heldman will still lead the talk at 9:30 a.m. at the CAC Theater)