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2016 Presidential Position Profile

The mission of Kansas State University is to foster excellent teaching, research, and service that develop a highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation and the international community.

The university embraces diversity, encourages engagement and is committed to the discovery of knowledge, the education of undergraduate and graduate students, and improvement in the quality of life and standard of living of those we serve. 

Kansas State University seeks a strategic and perceptive individual to serve as university president. The university has three physical campuses in Manhattan, Salina and Olathe, Kansas, as well as a Global Campus for distance education.

This individual will cultivate collaborative relationships with a broad range of diverse individuals and groups to enhance the university’s substantial strengths in research, academics and outreach. The successful candidate will serve as a champion for the university’s strategic plan. University administrators, faculty, staff and students are committed to the vision of the K-State 2025 strategic plan and becoming a Top 50 public research university. This plan is centered around seven thematic goals, each goal supporting the inherent values of the institution:

  • Research, scholarly and creative activities, and discovery
  • Undergraduate educational experience
  • Graduate scholarly experience
  • Engagement, extension, outreach and service
  • Faculty and staff
  • Facilities and infrastructure
  • Athletics

Building on its proud heritage as the nation's first operational land-grant institution, the university is internationally recognized for excellence in research, scholarly and creative activities, and discovery; undergraduate and graduate education; extension; and outreach. The university consistently ranks among the nation's best for student achievement, faculty excellence, and an enviable town-gown relationship in Manhattan, which has been named the nation's No. 1 college town by Livability.com. A classic college town with big-city amenities, Manhattan boasts a population of 56,000-plus and offers an unparalleled quality of life.

The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities, including Kansas State University, and is the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions. Appointed by the governor, members of the Board focus primarily on issues of educational and state policy. University leadership is delegated to the presidents and chancellor, who function as CEOs of their respective institutions and report directly to the Board. This practice has led to a pattern of historically long-serving university presidents and stability for higher education in the state of Kansas.

The university is comprised of the main campus in Manhattan; the Polytechnic Campus in Salina, which provides a small campus atmosphere with a professional learning environment; the Olathe Campus, which is the academic research presence within the Kansas Bioscience Park; and Global Campus, which is the university's distance education presence that provides educational opportunities to lifetime learners through online degree programs, professional development conferences, workshops and enrichment programs. Additionally, Kansas State University has an extensive network of international partners in Europe, Africa and Australia.

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