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Sources: Cheryl Polson, 913-962-6192, cpolson@k-state.edu;
and Carol Shanklin, 785-532-7927, shanklin@k-state.edu
Photo available: http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/jul11/726cherylpolson.jpg
News release prepared by: Megan Molitor, 785-532-3452, molitor@k-state.edu

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

NEW FORT LEAVENWORTH GRADUATE EDUCATION AND OUTREACH DIRECTOR TO STRENGTHEN TIES BETWEEN UNIVERSITY, POST

MANHATTAN -- The bond between Fort Leavenworth and Kansas State University received an extra knot of strength with the addition of Cheryl Polson as graduate education and outreach director.

Carol Shanklin, dean of K-State's Graduate School, announced the appointment of Polson as the director of the program and as an associate dean of the Graduate School. Polson will coordinate K-State's graduate programs and work collaboratively with the K-State community to develop joint research and academic initiatives between K-State and Fort Leavenworth. She also will be the educational representative for K-State at official events related to educational and outreach initiatives.

Polson formerly served as a part-time associate dean of the Graduate School. She has contributed to the advancement of the graduate education opportunities at Fort Leavenworth for the past 20 years, Shanklin said.

"I look forward to continue working with Dr. Polson as she provides steady leadership at Fort Leavenworth and as we seek new opportunities to expand our partnership," Shanklin said.

Polson said she is proud to serve K-State in this key role by continuing the rich history of collaboration with the fort that spans more than 20 years.

"I see this as a tremendous opportunity to explore ways that our partnership can be further expanded to meet the diverse educational needs of soldiers and their families by effectively blending the unique strengths of our two institutions," Polson said.