John & Shiela McGivern

John & Shiela McGivern

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John & Shiela  McGivern

John A. McGivern, bba '83, was born February 5, 1960 in Topeka, Kan. While at Washburn, he played on the football team for four years, was an all conference CSIC defensive end selection his junior year and was named co-captain his senior year. John is currently president and CEO of J.F. McGivern, Inc., a residential, commercial, and industrial painting firm founded by his grandfather in 1946. He succeeds his father, John F. McGivern II in the third generation family business. McGivern is married to the former Sheila Benton who also attended Washburn and retired as a Kansas Regional Sales Manager with Southwestern Bell/AT&T after 27 years of service. John and his family have a strong interest in Washburn athletics and the Washburn community as a whole, with John continuing to donate his time and talent to serve on various Washburn University committees, associations, and boards. The McGivern's have two children, daughter Gena McGivern, DDS, is a practicing orthodontist in Topeka, and son Benton McGivern is a premed/kinesiology major and a junior at Kansas State University in Manhattan.