Wayne State College

Wayne State Foundation CEO Resigns for New Position in Omaha

Published Wednesday, May 29th, 2024

Kevin Armstrong, current CEO of the Wayne State Foundation, has accepted an offer to serve as the new Philanthropy Gifts Director at Children's Nebraska.

Kevin ArmstrongThe Board of Trustees of the Wayne State Foundation (WSF), which provides financial support for the mission of Wayne State College, announces the resignation of CEO Kevin Armstrong, who is leaving for a new fundraising position in Omaha. Armstrong has accepted the offer to serve as the new Philanthropy Gifts Director at Children’s Nebraska, formerly known as Children’s Hospital. His last day with the Wayne State Foundation is June 30.

Armstrong joined the WSF in 2005 as the Director of Planned Giving and has served as the Chief Executive Officer since 2015. During his tenure as CEO, the Foundation has increased its total assets from $23.7 million to $41 million with institutional support provided to Wayne State College totaling $38.4 million. Major accomplishments have also included very successful fundraising campaigns for the:

  • Invest-Empower-Transform Campaign (Exceeded a $25-million goal by raising $35.1 million to support scholarships, capital projects, and general operations of the Foundation, 2019-2023)
  • Peterson Fine and Performing Arts Center ($2.4 million of $13-million renovation/addition project, 2023)
  • Benthack Hall instructional facility renovation ($1.1 million of $9-million project, 2022)
  • Center for Applied Technology new instructional building ($2.45 million of $15.2-million project, 2019)
  • Wayne State Career Scholars Cooperative Education Program (Secured grant funding for $2.6 million in scholarship support and $300,000 in general operational support, 2024)
  • Athletic and Recreation Complex (Developed and facilitated 2024 launch of current fundraising campaign with $4.4 million of the $5.5-million goal raised so far for this $30-million project)

“The Foundation has greatly appreciated Kevin Armstrong’s leadership and his collaborative team approach with the Foundation staff, Foundation Board of Trustees, College staff, and generous alumni and friends to accomplish so many significant achievements," said Brenda Carhart, President of the Wayne State Foundation Board of Trustees. "The past nine years have been an exciting time of growth and innovation for the Foundation, and we look forward to building upon the successful work of Kevin and the Foundation staff. We wish Kevin all the best in his new role and sincerely thank him for more than 19 years of dedicated service to the Wayne State Foundation.”

Additional details will be announced soon about a campus and community farewell reception to recognize and express appreciation to Armstrong in late June. The Executive Committee of the Board is working on plans to name an interim CEO for the Foundation.

For questions regarding this news release, please contact these officers of the Wayne State Foundation Board of Trustees:
Brenda Carhart, President: [email protected] or 402-640-0972
Glenda Gallisath, Vice President: [email protected] or 815-600-1770