KU mourns loss of outstanding alumnus, Mike Shinn

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 in News

img_email_ban_enews_shinnMike Shinn, e’66, passed away March 16, in Shaker Heights, Ohio. If one is to measure success by service, Shinn greatly outdid himself throughout his time serving the University of Kansas.

Shinn made an extensive and prominent mark with his efforts to support the entire University and its black student body. Shinn contributed to the founding of the Black Alumni Network and its Leaders & Innovators Project, both financially and intellectually. Honored with the Fred Ellsworth Medallion award by the KU Alumni Association, which falls amongst KU’s highest honors for volunteer service to KU, Shinn remained a shining example of generosity for all Jayhawks.

In 2004, he was elected a KU Endowment trustee and appointed to the Governance Committee. Shinn also had a substantial history with the School of Engineering and in 2008, he received the Distinguished Engineering Service Award.

While attending KU, Shinn was a student-athlete lettering in football and serving as the co-captain of the team. He was an Academic All-American and on the dean’s honor roll. He pledged Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and continued to be a very proud supporter as an alumnus. He completed a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1966 and accepted a position with General Electric in Cleveland as a process control engineer.

Although he was drafted into the NFL, Shinn’s interest in education led him to pursue an advanced degree. After earning his MBA from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland he became a production manager at Ford Motor Co. He later returned to GE to work in corporate recruiting and university development.

The Black Alumni Network is honored to have worked with such an outstanding individual with an undeniable passion for the University of Kansas. We are honored to carry on his work by championing continued growth in diversity, and supporting educational and philanthropic
endeavors.