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Source: Stephanie Rolley, 785-532-5961,
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News release prepared by: Diane Potts, 785-532-1090,

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Stephanie Rolley will be the new head of Kansas State University's department of landscape architecture and regional and community planning. Her appointment becomes effective June 14.

Rolley succeeds Dan Donelin, who is retiring at the end of June after serving as department head since 1995.

A College of Architecture, Planning and Design faculty member since 1988, Rolley, a professor, has received the Landscape Architecture Teacher of the Year Award three times and was the department’s Jarvis Chair from 2005-07 and 2008-09. From 1993-1998 she was associate head and program director for K-State's master of landscape architecture program. Rolley is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is currently chair of that organization's Council on Education.

"Stephanie is an excellent and highly respected teacher, as well as an active member of the landscape architecture professional community," said Dennis Law, dean of K-State's College of Architecture, Planning and Design. "I am very excited and pleased that she will become part of our college’s administrative team."

Rolley's work has centered on interdisciplinary teaching through community-based collaborations that advance public recognition of the profession. Rolley guides students working with local residents and decision-makers to create community and regional visions for the future.

Professionally, she was an urban designer at Carr Lynch Associates from 1986-88; a research staff member with Harvard University's Program on Negotiation from 1985-86; project manager at Carter and Burgess from 1983-85; and a landscape architect at Realer, Vaughn, Beaty and Koone from 1982-83.

Her additional honors include being named K-State Student Activities and Services Adviser of the Year; the Collaborative Practice Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture; an Urban Parks National Award from the Landscape Architecture Foundation for the MetroGreen project; a National Award of Distinction from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture; and selection as an alumni honoree by K-State's College of Architecture, Planning and Design.

Rolley earned a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from K-State in 1982, and a master's in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987.