Gary and Widge Yager

Gary and Widge Yager

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Gary and Widge  Yager


Gary Yager, bba '76, was born May 27, 1954. After graduating from East High School in Kansas City, Mo. he attended Washburn University where he received a degree in business administration. While at Washburn, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and a running back on the football team. He rushed for 1,297 yards and 12 touchdowns while playing for the Ichabods. In 1974, he met his future wife, Widge Swartz, B.Ed. '77.  After graduating from Washburn Rural High School, she attended Washburn University where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. At Washburn, she was a member of the volleyball and gymnastics teams and Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.

Yager is a long-time banker in Topeka, Kan. He worked for Bank IV, Commerce Bank and Trust and Columbian Bank. In 2002, he became the Vice Chairman of Western National Bank; he has been a director of the company since its inception. He joined Western National Bank with intent of buying the Topeka branches. In 2005, Yager, President and chief Executive Office of BOTS Inc., the holding company for VisionBank, led an investor group to purchase the two branches. Since 2005, he has served as VisionBank's President and CEO.
 
An anonymous donor donated $1 million to the renovation of Moore Bowl in 2002. It was named Yager Stadium in honor of Yager. He was a member of the search committee that selected Craig Schurig as Washburn's new football coach and was a member of the Moore Bowl Renovation Steering Committee. Since his days as a college running back, the Yagers have remained active in the Topeka community with various organizations including GO Topeka, Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Topeka, Inc. The couple has two sons.