Kirk Schulz profile

The 13th president of Kansas State University

Kirk SchulzKirk H. Schulz was selected as the 13th president of Kansas State University in February 2009 by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Schulz has spearheaded visionary campuswide goal-setting to move K-State forward — to be recognized as a Top 50 public research university by 2025. At the end of the K-State 2025 planning process the goal is to have a visionary plan that is inclusive of the K-State family, is exciting and innovative, and most importantly, is a plan that has enjoyed campuswide involvement and participation. Learn more.

Other recent highlights include:

  • Fundraising and Development
    This past year, fundraising by the Kansas State University Foundation hit a record $211 million.
  • Research and Scholarship
    Faculty researchers brought in more than $151.3 million in extramural funding, a university record.
  • Athletics
    Athletics completed construction on a new $17 million basketball practice facility and the new nearly $90 million West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
  • Alumni
    With more than 40,000 members, K-State continues to be ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 for the 18th consecutive year for percentage of graduates who are members.
  • Awards
    Schulz received the 2012 Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
  • Government Relations
    Worked with the Kansas Congressional delegation, the Office of the Governor and the Kansas Legislature to secure funding for the construction of the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF.
  • Communications and Marketing
    Combined Web, video, publications, design, news services, photography and marketing into a one-stop shop to provide free services to campus; and launched a new university website.
  • Student Life
    Enrollment set a record in fall 2014 with 24,766 students. Maintained K-State's longtime status as the top choice among Kansas high school graduating seniors for fall 2014.

Schulz also holds the Kansas State University Leadership Professorship.

In addition, he is the chair of the NCAA board of governors, the association's highest-ranking committees. As chair, he helps oversee issues across the association. His term runs to January 2017.

Under Schulz's leadership, Kansas State University was selected a Friend of the Flint Hills by the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation in spring 2014. The award recognizes the university's contributions to the Konza Prairie, one of the last remaining tallgrass prairies in North America.

Before his appointment as president, Schulz served as vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University. He has also served on the faculty at Michigan Technological University and the University of North Dakota.

Schulz is active in several professional societies including the American Institute for Chemical Engineers and the American Society for Engineering Education. In recognition of achievements in the field of Chemical Engineering, he was selected as a fellow in both the American Society of Engineering Education and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He is active in the Boy Scouts of America and served as president of the Coronado Council. In 2013, he was recognized with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the National Eagle Scout Association. Kirk also serves various roles on the boards of Cereal Food Processors, the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, the Kansas Bioscience Authority, and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. In 2015, he was recognized for his service and patriotism by the Topeka Military Order of World Wars.

He is married to Dr. Noel Nunnally Schulz, who serves as the associate dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Engineering and the Paslay Professor of Electrical Engineering at Kansas State University. They have two sons, Tim and Andrew. President Schulz's parents are Carl and Judy Schulz, Norfolk, Virginia.

Kirk Schulz can be contacted at 785-532-6221 or