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Michael C. Holen Leader in Residence Award

The Michael C. Holen Leader in Residence Award honors outstanding individuals who are exercising leadership in a range of organizational, professional and civic settings.  Recipients come to campus to share experiences and engage in rich and challenging conversations with our students and the Kansas State University community.  The award recipient exemplifies the Mary Lynn and Warren Staley School of Leadership Studies’ mission statement and the following tenets:

  • Service to the common good is the goal of leadership.
  • Leadership is a process and is not defined simply by position or authority.
  • Collaboration is the primary method of teaching and developing leadership.
  • Successful leaders are committed to and have the ability to engage in leadership with those of other backgrounds and cultures.

Originally named the “Lifetime Leadership Award,” the award was later dedicated in honor of Dean Michael C. Holen for his tremendous support of Leadership Studies and then paired with the Leader-in-Residence initiative, originally sponsored by the Stephens family, to both honor outstanding leadership and bring leaders to campus in service to our students' learning. Mary Lynn and Warren Staley were the inaugural Michael C. Holen Leader in Residence recipients. 

2015 Recipient:

KevinLockettKevin Lockett was the 2015 recipient of the Michael C. Holen Leader in Residence Award. 

Kevin is the current CFO and COO of the Kansas Bioscience Authority.  Prior to his work with the KBA, Kevin served as chief operations officer for the Urban Entrepreneur Partnership Inc. (UEP) at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City. Joining the Foundation in 2004 as an entrepreneur-in-residence, Kevin worked to raise angel investment funds for Kansas City businesses and served as a UEP business coach assisting clients with accounting, financial analysis, operations management and project management.

A former professional football player, Kevin owned and operated a business during his National Football League career. In 1998, he and his family formed a nonprofit organization, the Lockett-up Foundation, which encourages academic achievement in public schools.

Kevin currently serves as a board member of the Kansas State University Foundation and on several foundation board committees addressing investments, accounting, real estate and risk management. He also serves on the board of trustees of the United Way of Greater Kansas City, KSU’s advisory board for the Center of Advancement and Entrepreneurship and is the director of the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors. He recently completed his term on Kansas State University’s President’s Advisory Council on Intercollegiate Athletics, including the Fiscal Integrity and Long-Range Planning Subcommittees. Kevin is also actively involved with the Staley School's Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows program. Kevin hosts several workshops for the fellows throughout their time in the program. 

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