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K-State Today

August 19, 2014



Ethan Erickson new assistant vice president for budget planning

By Susan Thomas

Ethan Erickson has been hired as the next assistant vice president for budget planning and will begin his duties on Sept. 2. Erickson will be responsible for the operation of the university budget office, which develops and tracks the annual operating budgets for the three Kansas State University budgetary units — main campus, Veterinary Medical Center and K-State Research and Extension — that total more than $800 million.

Erickson currently serves as director of fiscal services and operations at the Kansas Department of Education where he manages funds of approximately $3.8 billion. Prior to joining Kansas Department of Education, he held budget positions with the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Division of the Budget.

Erickson has an Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in business administration, both from Kansas State University.

"Ethan brings tremendous state budgeting experience along with strong analytical and forecasting skills that will assist us in efficiently managing the university expenses and revenues," said Cindy Bontrager, vice president for administration and finance.

"I am thrilled to join Kansas State University's budget office. I look forward to serving the university in this capacity and collaborating with those involved in the budget process," Erickson said.

The assistant vice president is a key member of the university's fiscal management team and is actively involved in the development and execution of resource allocation policies and methodologies and many aspects of tuition revenue management.

"I truly appreciate Karen Horton for serving in the interim role during this period, as well as the rest of the budget office staff, Mandy Cole and Gina Gudenkauf, for stepping up and getting the work done. We are all excited to have Ethan on board filling my previous position that has been open for almost two years." Bontrager said.

Erickson's wife, Pamela Erickson, recently was hired as director of the professional mentoring program in the College of Human Ecology.