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Jan. 20, 2006
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

Statement by Chancellor Hemenway on death of civic leader Jordan Haines

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway, KU Alumni Association President Kevin J. Corbett and Kansas University Endowment Association President Dale Seuferling issued the following statements today in response to the death this morning of Kansas civic leader and KU graduate Jordan L. Haines:

Chancellor Robert Hemenway:

“Jordan Haines was a good man and friend, and he will be dearly missed. He loved KU and was an influential force for quality higher education throughout the state. Jordan’s gifts to the university, as a volunteer, donor and adviser will have a deep and lasting impact for generations to come. On behalf of the whole university community, I extend my deepest sympathy and condolences to his wife, Shirley, and the entire Haines family.”

Kevin J. Corbett, president of the KU Alumni Association:

“The loss of Jordan Haines to the University of Kansas signals the end of one of the most — if not the most — distinguished records of alumni leadership in KU’s history. His contributions, however, will stand in perpetuity for future KU students, faculty and alumni.”

Dale Seuferling, president of the Kansas University Endowment Association:

“Jordan Haines was an intensely loyal and supportive Jayhawk who through his energetic and passionate volunteer leadership did everything possible to advance all of KU. I consider myself fortunate to have been one of many at KU to have learned so much from this great Jayhawk. He will be missed, but we have so much at KU that will forever remind us of his impact.”

Biography: Jordan L Haines

A native of Sabetha, Jordan L. Haines, 78, was the president, chairman and chief executive officer of Fourth Financial Corporation, a Kansas-based bank holding company, and its subsidiary, Bank IV Wichita, N.A., from 1968 until 1991. Haines retired from Fourth Financial Corporation in 1991.

He was appointed by former Kansas Gov. Robert Bennett to the Kansas Board of Regents, where he served as a member and chairman between 1977 and 1984.

Haines was a member of the Kansas University Endowment Association Board of Trustees from 1969 to 2002 and served from 1987 to 1992 as national chairman of the Campaign Kansas, the second major fund-raising campaign in the university’s history, which raised $265 million.

In 1988, during that campaign, he and his wife endowed the Jordan and Shirley Haines Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a law student from Kansas based on academic merit. In 1998, the Haineses established two charitable remainder trusts for scholarships worth an estimated $2 million, naming KU Endowment as the ultimate beneficiary.

In 2001, the Haineses also endowed a study abroad scholarship to encourage the study of the visual arts, literature, architecture and other areas of the humanities.

Qwest founder and KU graduate Philip F. Anschutz and his wife, Nancy, endowed the Jordan Haines Distinguished Professorship in the School of Business in honor of Anschutz’s longtime business associate. Haines also has been a member of the business school board of advisers.

Haines served two terms on the KU Alumni Association’s National Board of Directors from 1966 to 1971 and from 1974 to 1977. He served as association president from 1973 to 1974. He also served on the association’s executive committee from 1973 to 1978 and he was a member of the 1972 chancellor search committee. Other memberships included the Chancellors Club, Greater University Fund advisory board and the Williams Educational Fund.

In 1985, he received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion, given by the alumni association to honor individuals “who have provided unique and significant service to the university.” In 1986, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Citation, KU’s highest honor, for extraordinary service to the university “for the betterment of society and in behalf of humanity.” He was honored as the 1990 Kansan of the Year by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas.

He graduated from KU in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in history and in 1957 with a law degree. His wife, Shirley, graduated from KU in 1948 and their son Craig graduated from KU in 1975. He started his business career as manager of the family-owned department store in Sabetha in 1950 before starting his banking career in 1957 in Arizona, where he also became an officer of the local KU alumni chapter. He returned to Kansas in 1962 when he joined the Wichita-based BankIV and Fourth Financial Corp.

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