The Kansas Board of Regents is removing the “interim” tag and has named retired Air Force general Richard B. Myers as the 14th president of Kansas State University.
“Well, I guess this means the honeymoon is over,” Myers said to his audience, generating laughter.
Myers says three things influenced his decision to apply: his love for Kansas and the University; the people; and his passion for K-State’s land grant mission.
“I think we have a role in the future, and that is granting access to all who want to come to a university,” he said. “We have to provide that access. That’s our role in life.”
Also playing a part in Myers’ decision is the partnerships K-State has built over the years.
“Whether it’s our partnership with Ft. Riley, which is more than just a logo and more than just a bumper sticker…it’s a very deep and a relationship full of substance,” Myers said. “Our partnership with the city and the county – essential to how we developed. And then partnerships with industry.
“I mean, the list can go on and on,” he added. “But there are lot of opportunities to partner which will help us overcome some of our bigger challenges in terms of budget and so forth.”
Myers is a 1965 graduate of K-State and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Auburn University. He served as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001 to 2005. The military science building on the K-State campus is named for him.
Former K-State president Kirk Schulz, after seven years at K-State, announced in March that he was leaving the Kansas University to become the president at Washington State University.