Wichita State University is led by President Richard Muma, Ph.D., MPH, PA‑C.
Muma, who goes by Rick, was appointed the 15th President of Wichita State University on May 6, 2021.

Muma was born in Wichita but raised in Houston. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, a Master of Public Health in Community Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
He has more than 30 years of experience as a professor, administrator and physician assistant in internal medicine and infectious diseases.

Before assuming the presidency, Muma was executive vice president and provost of Wichita State, serving as the university's chief academic officer and providing academic leadership for the university's priorities — including enrollment, applied learning, funded research, and regional economic development.

While at Wichita State, he has also served as senior associate vice president for Academic Affairs and Strategic Enrollment Management and chair and professor in the departments of Public Health Sciences and Physician Assistant. Muma has also served as chair for Saint Louis University's Department of Physician Assistant Education and an assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston’s Department of PA Studies.

Prior to assuming administrative roles at Wichita State, Muma was active in reshaping health profession education at Wichita State. Most notably, he was responsible for developing undergraduate degrees for paramedics and health science majors, a master’s degree in physician assistant studies, and reorganizing the Department of Public Health Sciences to include undergraduate degrees in health management and health science and a graduate degree in aging studies.

Muma has published his research in notable journals and has edited four books, two on HIV infection and two others on patient education.

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  • Episode 10. Wichita State R&D with Industry and Defense 

    Muma, Richard D.; Tomblin, John S. (Wichita State University, 2022-12-07)
    In this episode of Wichita State University's "Forward Together" podcast, President Rick Muma speaks with John Tomblin, senior vice president for Industry and Defense and executive director of WSU's National Institute for ...
  • Forward Together: A monthly newsletter, November 2022 

    Muma, Richard D. (Office of the President, 2022-11)
  • Episode 9. Education in Kansas 

    Muma, Richard D.; Thompson, Alicia; Lefever-Davis, Shirley (Wichita State University, 2022-11-17)
    In this episode of Wichita State University’s “Forward Together” podcast, President Rick Muma talks about the state of education in Kansas with two extraordinary educational leaders: Wichita Public Schools Superintendent, ...
  • Forward Together: A monthly newsletter, October 2022 

    Muma, Richard D. (Office of the President, 2022-10)
  • Episode 8. Name, Image and Likeness 

    Muma, Richard D.; Saal, Kevin (Wichita State University, 2022-10-12)
    In this episode of Wichita State University’s “Forward Together” podcast, President Rick Muma talks with Kevin Saal, who was hired as director of athletics at Wichita State University in June. Kevin is leading Shocker ...
  • Episode 7. Performing Arts: WSU on the National Stage 

    Muma, Richard D.; Schwiethale, Amy Baker; Thomas, Julius III (Wichita State University, 2022-09-21)
    In this episode of Wichita State University’s “Forward Together” podcast, President Rick Muma talks with Julius Thomas III and Amy Baker Schwiethale — two graduates of the WSU School of Performing Arts. Julius Thomas III ...
  • Forward Together: A monthly newsletter, September 2022 

    Muma, Richard D. (Office of the President, 2022-09)
  • Forward Together: A monthly newsletter, August 2022 

    Muma, Richard D. (Office of the President, 2022-08)
  • Welcome back, Shockers! 

    Muma, Richard D. (Wichita State, 2022-08-22)
    @PresidentWSU extends a warm welcome to students starting the 22-23 school year. Go Shockers!
  • President's retreat: meeting notes, June 21, 2021 

    Community Engagement Institute (Wichita State University, 2021-06-21)
  • The Faculty and Staff Fall Address with President Muma 

    Muma, Richard D.; Castro, Susan V. H.; Lefever-Davis, Shirley; Brewer, Kristin; Schlapp, Andy; Fleming-Randle, Marche (Wichita State University, 2022-08-15)
  • Episode 6. LatinX food, culture and community in Wichita 

    Muma, Richard D.; Navarro Serrano, Jose Enrique; Del Águila, Rocío (Wichita State University, 2022-05-02)
    Celebrate the food and culture of the LatinX community with WSU President Rick Muma in the latest episode of the “Forward Together” podcast. Dr. Muma speaks with WSU faculty members and LatinX cultural researchers Dr. ...
  • Forward Together: A monthly newsletter, May 2022 

    Muma, Richard D. (Office of the President, 2022-05)
  • Episode 5. Innovation at Wichita State 

    Muma, Richard D.; DeFrain, Darren; Raza, Khalid (Wichita State University, 2022-04-05)
    On this episode of the Forward Together podcast, WSU President Dr. Rick Muma and his guests commemorate Innovation Month by discussing a few of the exciting innovations developed by WSU faculty and alumni. Special guests ...
  • Forward Together: A monthly newsletter, April 2022 

    Muma, Richard D. (Office of the President, 2022-04)
  • Forward Together: A monthly newsletter, March 2022 

    Muma, Richard D. (Office of the President, 2022-03)
  • Episode 4. Research at Wichita State 

    Muma, Richard D.; Laubach-Hock, Melinda; Pugh, Coleen (Wichita State University, 2022-03-09)
    Learn about some of the cutting-edge research being done at Wichita State University in our March Forward Together podcast. To celebrate Women's History Month, President Rick Muma speaks with Dr. Melinda Laubach-Hock, ...
  • Episode 3. Providing Access to Higher Education 

    Muma, Richard D.; Rolfe, John; Brown, Isaac (Wichita State University, 2022-02)
    On this episode of the Forward Together podcast, WSU President Dr. Rick Muma and his guests discuss WSU’s priority of making higher education accessible and how it helps build a stronger community and a stronger Kansas. ...
  • Forward Together: A monthly newsletter, February 2022 

    Muma, Richard D. (Office of the President, 2022-02)
  • Episode 2. Year in review 

    Muma, Richard D.; Chang, James; Morgan-Monk, V. Kaye (Wichita State University, 2021-12-15)
    On this episode of the Forward Together podcast, WSU President Dr. Rick Muma and his guests reflect on and celebrate all that Wichita State University has accomplished in 2021. Special guests include James Chung, founder ...

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