Board chair will be Tabor commencement speaker

Tabor College Board Chair?man Lyndon W. Vix will address the 100th commencement exercises of the college, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 22, at Joel H. Wiens Stadium.

As the college prepares to celebrate its 100th commencement, there are exactly 100 proposed bachelor?s degree candidates for graduation on the Hillsboro campus. There are two associate?s degree candidates, 45 bachelor of science in nursing candidates and eight master of business administration candidates from the School of Adult and Graduate Studies in Wichita.

The total of 155 proposed graduates would be the college?s largest graduating class ever.

An attorney with the law firm of Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch in Wichita, Vix has been a member of the Tabor board since 1987 and chairman since 1998. He also serves as an adjunct professor of business law and business ethics at the Tabor College School of Adult and Graduate Studies.

Tabor President Jules Glan?zer, who invited Vix to speak, said, ?Lyndon is an accomplished alum who serves as a model for our graduates. His success in the legal arena, his service to Tabor and his involvement in his church are models for our graduates to emulate.

?Lyndon is a great example of what a Tabor graduate can become. Plus, his daughter, Kayla, is graduating this year.?

Vix, 49, has served in several capacities within the Mennonite Brethren denomination, including vice-chair of the General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches of North America and as a member of the board of directors of the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary.

He and his family are active in the First Mennonite Brethren Church in Wichita, where he has served in various leadership roles, including moderator.

Vix said he felt honored to be invited to address the 100th class of the college.

?It is a humbling task to try to provide some measure of wisdom to graduates about to embark on a new phase of their life journeys, especially since I continue to seek such wisdom myself,? he said.

Vix was born in Minot, N.D., and raised on a farm outside Sawyer, N.D. He received his bachelor?s degree from Tabor in 1982, graduating with highest honors in social science/history and political science. He also served as student body president and as student representative on the Tabor board.

He received his juris doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota and began practicing with Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch in 1985.

His law practice covers a number of diverse areas. He is primarily engaged in appellate litigation, media law, insurance defense and workers compensation, but also is involved in business and commercial litigation, condemnation, insurance law and foreign-born adoptions.

Author of about 75 appellate briefs in state and federal courts, Vix also serves as primary newsroom counsel to the Wichita Eagle newspaper.

He is listed in the publication ?The Best Lawyers in America? under the areas of insurance law, First Amendment law and appellate law, and for the past four years has been the author of the Kansas chapter for ?Business Torts: A Fifty State Guide.?

Vix is a member of the Wichita and American bar associations as well as the National Council of Appellate Lawyers, the Reporters? Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel and the Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court.

He serves as chair of the WBA Unauthorized Practice Committee and contributes to the Wichita Bar-o-Meter magazine.

A resident of Maize, Vix is married to Annette (Janzen), a 1981 Tabor graduate. They have three children: Kayla, a senior at Tabor, Kelyn, 17, and Kyndra, 15.

A talented stage performer, Vix has participated in five Wichita Bar shows as an actor and soloist, and three Maize Community Theater productions.

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