Richard “Dick” Selensky and his wife, Pat (Redden) Selensky, Shawnee, joined the Wooster Society at FHSU today. They pledged a portion of their total estate to the FHSU Foundation in support of scholarships for the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science. The gift puts them at the Diamond Pin level in the university’s Leadership Circle.
Dick Selensky was born and raised in the town of Park in Gove County, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in Technology Studies in 1956 and a master’s degree in Education Administration in 1963, both from FHSU.
During the news conference to announce the gift, Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, talked about the desire of the couple to support KAMS with scholarship funds.
“They want to leave a legacy of education assistance to future generations of Kansans,” President Hammond said of the Selenskys. “Dick enjoyed a 36-year career as a Kansas educator, helping America’s youth be the best they could be. Now he and Pat look forward to their positive impact and perpetual assistance for some of our best and brightest students.”
Dick Selensky began his career in education in his hometown of Park at the encouragement of his uncle, Adam Selensky, who was on the local board of education.
Two years later he moved to Walker, where he taught sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. As the 1960s began, it was back to Hays to teach some of the most “brilliant students” he would encounter before eventually settling in the Kansas City area. From 1963 through 1970, he taught at South Park, Rushton and East Antioch Elementary, eventually serving for 22 years as principal at East Antioch Elementary School in the Shawnee Mission School District. He retired in 1993.
Pat Selensky enjoyed a 43-year career in the financial industry.
Dick and Pat Selensky are now among the generous and visionary individuals in the Wooster Society who ensure the strong future of the university and the education of western Kansans. Named for the fourth president of Fort Hays State University, the Lyman Dwight Wooster Society honors individuals who arrange gifts to the FHSU Foundation through planned giving.
Ron Keller, director of KAMS, also spoke during the news conference. “This gift is a huge beginning to making dreams come true,” he said. “We have always had visions of being able to have scholarship monies available so that none of our state’s ‘best and brightest’ students would have to forgo attendance at KAMS for economic reasons. Dick and Pat’s major gift will allow the reality of attending for many future students. They are creating a legacy that will positively impact the lives of future KAMS students forever.”