Wright, Judy Locy

Judy Locy
Wright, PhD
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Judy Locy Wright
  • Director of the Chancellor’s Club
  • Assistant Vice-President of KU Endowment Association
  • Helped found Women Philanthropists of KU
  • In 2008 she helped raise $1.7 million for United Way of Douglas County
  • 2006-2007 KU Woman of Distinction

       Dr. Judy Wright, who received her Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas (KU) in 1986, epitomizes what it means to make a difference and contribute to one’s community.   Dr. Wright has a history of providing service by “walking the walk” – in other words, creating real solutions for those in need by creating relevant programs and funding sources to maintain them. Dr. Wright has held various professional positions, such as the Director of Membership and Development at the Spencer Museum of Art and the Development Director for Fine Arts at the KU Endowment Association. Dr. Wright currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of KU Endowment Association and is the Director of the Chancellors Club.

       Dr. Wright has always had a passion to open doors for the success of women, and her achievements show this passion. She helped found Women Philanthropists for KU with the mission “to encourage women to support KU through their philanthropy and leadership, and to explore ways to address interests of women donors through KU Endowment.” Under her direction, this initiative has provided opportunities for hundreds of women through annual programs utilizing nationally-renowned speakers and other educational events exposing women to areas of diversity at the multiple campuses of KU. Beverly Smith Billings stated, “What an extraordinary role model Judy is for all women who wish to realize their full potential!”

          Dr. Wright’s efforts extend beyond the KU campus to the Lawrence community as well. She has had a pivotal role in sustaining the community through her work with the United Way of Douglas County. As a long time Board member and Drive Chair in 2008, she and has helped to raise approximately $1.7 million dollars in donations for the cause. Additionally, she is involved in the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Lawrence, Council for Advancement in Support of Education, Lawrence Rotary Club, American Association of University Women, and the Lawrence Arts Commission. Her involvement has won her many awards, all of which highlight her amazing work. She was one of the first Lawrence recipients of the Athena Award given by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce to recognize her excellence in her field and service as a mentor for other women. Mary Burg said of Dr. Wright, “Her tireless advocacy for women and her willingness to step up and take a leadership role for a deserving cause are truly noteworthy and deserving of this honor.”

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