The three individuals selected as presidential finalists for
Kansas State University will soon visit Manhattan and the KSU
The first finalist, Dr. Kirk H. Schulz will meet with campus and community groups on Thursday, January 15 and Friday, January 16.
Dr. Schulz is the Vice President for Research and Economic
Development at Mississippi State University. He has served on the
faculty of Mississippi State University, a land-grant institution, for
the past seven and a half years, and previously served on the faculty of Michigan Technological University and the University of North Dakota.
Previous administrative positions include Dean of Engineering at
Mississippi State University and Chair of the Chemical Engineering
Department at Mississippi State University and Michigan Technological
Dr. Schulz earned a Ph.D. and a B.S. in Chemical
Engineering from Virginia Tech University.
“The K-State Presidential search committee has selected and invited
for campus and community visits three excellent candidates,” said
Nelson Galle of Manhattan, former-Regent and Chair of the KSU
Presidential Search Committee. “They are energetic, qualified, and
experienced leaders who could effectively lead K-State into the future
by building on the outstanding leadership that President Wefald has
provided us over the past 23 years. All three have experience that is
deeply rooted in the land-grant tradition, and they understand the
importance of a land-grant university’s mission to the students and
people of Kansas.”
The second presidential finalist will visit KSU on January 22 and 23;
the third will visit on January 26 and 27. Additional details regarding
these two remaining finalists will be released immediately prior to
In May, President Jon Wefald announced that he would retire at the end
of the 2008-2009 academic year after what will be 23 years of service as KSU’s President.