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Sources: Duane Nellis, 785-532-6224,;
Carol Shanklin, 785-532-7927,;
and Sue Maes, 785-532-5644,
Photos available. Contact or 785-532-6415.
News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-6415,

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009


MANHATTAN -- The interim deans of Kansas State University's Graduate School and Division of Continuing Education have earned regular appointments to their respective positions from Duane Nellis, K-State senior vice president and provost.

"Given the extraordinary financial times we are facing this coming year and the uncertainty of the financial situation beyond next year, I requested that we cancel the national searches for new deans and appoint Carol Shanklin as dean of the Graduate School and Sue C. Maes as dean of Continuing Education," Nellis said. "Both Drs. Shanklin and Maes, who were appointed as interim deans following internal searches at K-State, have been performing their duties in exemplary fashion and have a true understanding of the difficult economic times ahead."

Shanklin and Maes were each appointed to three-year terms as deans.

Shanklin, a veteran administrator and educator in food service and dietetics, was appointed acting dean of the Graduate School in August 2007 and interim dean in October 2007. She previously served as the school's associate dean, where she focused on graduate student recruitment and administration of student-related programs. In her acting and interim roles, she has continued to mentor graduate students, conduct funded research and serve on department, college and university committees.

She has been president of the Kansas Dietetic Association and, at the national level, has served the American Dietetic Association as chair of its Council on Education, a member of the board of directors, chair of the Research Committee, and represented Kansas in the association's House of Delegates. In addition, the president of the American Dietetic Association recently appointed Shanklin chair of the Education Committee.

Shanklin was just recognized with the Founder's Award at the 14th Hospitality Graduate Education and Graduate Research Conference. The honor recognizes her for outstanding dedication, commitment and leadership in the field of tourism and hospitality.

Shanklin's most recent publications target food safety, particularly in restaurants and schools. As a researcher she also is investigating the quality of life for Kansas' older residents. Shanklin received her bachelor's degree in home economics education from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She received her master's degree and her doctorate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in home economics and food systems administration. She joined K-State in 1990.

"Maintaining high quality graduate programs and the recruitment of exceptional graduate students are essential to achieving K-State's mission," Shanklin said. "I am honored to serve as dean of the Graduate School and look forward to leading the graduate education enterprise at K-State into the future."

Maes, an expert in new academic programs and fostering institutional collaboration, has served as interim dean of the Division of Continuing Education since July 2008. Prior to her appointment, she was senior development officer at K-State's Educational Communications Center since 1995. From 1994-95, Maes was assistant dean and director of academic outreach for the Division of Continuing Education and also was in charge for many years of planning and resource development for the division.

From 1998-99, Maes was president of the University Continuing Education Association, and in 2000 she was elected to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. She has been working with the Big 12 Engineering Consortium and helped develop the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. In addition, Maes is skilled in project management and external funding acquisition.

"I welcome the challenge of leading this important arm of Kansas State University," Maes said. "The Division of Continuing Education will play an ever increasing educational role in this time of economic downturn in our state and nation."

In addition to her duties as dean, Maes has a graduate faculty appointment in the College of Education and is co-director of the Institute for Academic Alliances. She has a longtime commitment to advancing rural education and community development. She was a co-founder of the Rural Clearinghouse for Lifelong Education and Development in 1984, and she helped design the Kansas Center for Rural Initiatives.

Maes earned her doctorate in counseling and educational psychology in 1998 from K-State, where her emphasis was on higher education administration.