Profile of April Mason
April Mason serves as the Provost and Senior Vice President of Kansas State University. As the university’s Chief Academic Officer, Provost Mason provides oversight and leadership to the academic dimensions of the university and ensures the university’s academic standards. She serves as the second-ranking administrator, responsible for undergraduate and graduate academic programs on three campuses. The deans of the nine academic colleges, the Libraries, Graduate School, Global Campus, and the CEOs of both K-State Salina and K-State Olathe report to Mason. University offices also reporting to Mason include Undergraduate Studies, Diversity, International Programs, the Staley School of Leadership Studies, the Center for Engagement and Community Development, the Office of Sustainability, and Information Technology Services.
Since her arrival at Kansas State University in January of 2010, Mason has worked closely with the president as a key driver of the K-State 2025 strategic plan and is committed to achieving significant progress toward K-State becoming a top 50 public research university by 2025. In cooperation with the Deans Council and university governance councils, she has developed, reviewed, and operationalized a number of policies and goals regarding instruction, research, and outreach programs. In addition, Mason has instituted several programs to recognize and celebrate the work of K-State students and faculty, including: a reception for newly hired faculty, a recognition event for newly tenured and promoted faculty, an all university faculty awards reception, and an academic convocation ceremony for new students.
Provost Mason currently chairs the University Budget Advisory Committee, works closely with the K-State Foundation and President Schulz on the university’s comprehensive development campaign, is responsible for the university’s academic reporting to the Kansas Board of Regents, and serves on several boards, including K-State Athletics and the Kansas State University Research Foundation (KSURF).
In addition to her work on campus, Mason is deeply committed to the future of higher education in Kansas and across the country.She currently serves as chair-elect of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Council on Academic Affairs and the President of the newly formed Association of Chief Academic Officers, an affiliate organization of the American Council on Education.
Mason came to K-State from the position of Dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences at Colorado State University. In this position, April gave leadership to the academic programs of the College. Before Colorado State University, Mason was on the faculty and served as an administrator at Purdue University in the College of Consumer and Family Science and the Department of Foods and Nutrition.
Mason holds her doctorate degree in Nutrition and her master's degree in Botany from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN and her undergraduate degree in Biology from University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. Mason’s faculty home at Kansas State University is as a professor in the Department of Human Nutrition. Her primary research areas have been food security and nutrient availability from plant food products. April has traveled extensively with her research work, most notably in Costa Rica and Indonesia.