Prema Arasu

CEO and vice provost, K-State Olathe

Prema ArasuAn infectious diseases researcher, veterinarian and leader in university international engagement, Prema Arasu heads Kansas State University's presence in Greater Kansas City as CEO and vice provost of Kansas State University Olathe.

The Olathe campus advances the mission of Kansas State University by integrating education, research and entrepreneurship focused on animal health, food safety and security.

Arasu joined K-State Olathe in September 2013 after serving as vice provost of international programs at Washington State University, with oversight of global services, global learning, international research and economic development. Before joining Washington State, she spent 15 years at North Carolina State University, where she served as director for global health initiatives, associate vice provost for international academics and professor in the department of comparative biomedical sciences.

She has published extensively in peer-reviewed and refereed journals like the Journal of Parasitology, and Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology. She conducted postdoctoral research at New England Biolabs Inc., Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital and Cornell University. She was also a science and technology policy congressional fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and served on the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Health in 2002-2003.

Arasu earned a bachelor's degree in biology and diploma of education from the National University of Malaysia, a master’s degree in food science from the University of Wyoming, a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Hahnemann University — now Drexel University — and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University.

Arasu can be contacted at 913-541-1220 or

Pronouncer: Prema is PRAY-mah and Arasu is AAH-ra-soo