Tuesday, April 10, 2012
College presidents set a tone for the school but are not the face of the campus.
Chuck Staben, Wichita State University candidate, said he does not anticipate working in the shadows. Staben is one of five candidates competing to replace outgoing President Donald Beggs. Beggs will retire at the end of the school year.
Staben has worked as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of South Dakota since 2008. He received his Ph. D. in Biochemistry from the University of California.
He said he comes from a school with a strong arts background and understands how important it is to WSU culture. Staben said Liberal Arts programs should focus on making students engaged citizens.
“If you go back to the Greek idea of Liberal Arts it really was about citizens and leaders for our society,” Staben said.
The Kansas Board of Regents will approve a new president in the coming weeks.