K-State President Kirk Schulz has named 12 people to a Transition Audit Advisory Committee. An additional individual from the athletics department will serve as an ex-officio member.
The committee -- which has representation from both on and off campus -- will look in detail at the transition audit, evaluate changes already made by the university entities involved and formulate a report to be delivered to the Kansas Board of Regents in October. Additional changes to university policy could also be suggested by the committee.
"Having both internal and external representatives to review the university's path forward will be critical to ensuring the issues identified do not come up again," Schulz said. "This variety of perspectives is key to making sure that we are using our resources in a transparent and responsible manner."
Brian Spooner, university distinguished professor of biology and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will chair the committee.
Members of the committee from K-State are: M.M. Chengappa, university distinguished professor and head of the department of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology; Carolyn Elliott, president of K-State's Classified Senate, office of student life; Fred Fairchild, professor of grain science and industry; Lori Goetsch, dean of K-State Libraries; Leslie Hannah, assistant dean of academics and assistant professor of arts, sciences and business at K-State at Salina; Dalton Henry, student body president and a senior in agricultural communications and journalism and agricultural economics; Eric Higgins, professor and head of the department of finance; Melody LeHew, president of K-State's Faculty Senate and associate professor of apparel, textiles and interior design; Pete Paukstelis, assistant university attorney; and Reid Sigmon, senior associate athletics director, who will serve as an ex officio member.
Committee members from outside K-State are: Lee Borck, K-State alumnus and Manhattan-area businessman and philanthropist; and Judd Neal, president of Physicians Business Network, Overland Park.
Per Kansas Board of Regents policy, a transition audit was triggered when former K-State President Jon Wefald announced his retirement in late 2008. The audit reviewed non-state accounts under the Kansas State University Alumni Association, the Kansas State University Foundation and K-State athletics.